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Nine Mile Road closed as crews fight house fire

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Posted at 6:31 PM, Jun 12, 2012
and last updated 2012-06-12 23:12:29-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) – A section of Nine Mile Road is closed between Lee Avenue and Bridge Street, as Henrico fire crews work to put out a house fire said Capt. James Mellon.

Henrico Police Lt. A. D. Merz said that section of Nine Mile Road is expected to be closed for an “extended period” and asked drivers to avoid the area.

Capt. Mellon said that the first units on the scene saw smoke coming from all four sides of the house, which has been converted into a duplex. Firefighter, who could see smoke in the sky before they arrived, checked to make sure no one was trapped.

The fire was first spotted by an occupant of the house, who smelled smoke. The occupant and person living in the converted section attempted to put out the fire before calling 911.

This delay, said Capt. Mellon, allowed the fire to get a head-start. The fire got into the walls, which is why it took so long to get the fire under control, said Mellon. The fire took just under an hour to mark under control, said Mellon.

There were no working smoke detectors in the building. Although there were no injuries suffered, two adults and three children–ages three to 18– will be displaced by the fire, said Mellon.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by a Henrico County Fire Marshal.

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