Two-alarm fire at Henrico apartment complex

Posted at 8:28 PM, Sep 05, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-06 06:58:21-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) - No one was injured in a two-alarm apartment fire Thursday night at St. Joseph's Villa in Henrico.

The fire started around 8 p.m. in a Hollybrook apartment, located on the campus, which is located at 8000 Brook Road.

"When units arrived they found a one story apartment complex with heavy fire conditions in one unit. Thick black smoke was billowing out from the remainder of the apartment complex," Henrico Fire Capt. Jim Mellon wrote in an email. "A second alarm was requested due to the residents of this apartment complex having varying degrees of mobility issues."

Hollybrook is one of three HUD Section 8 apartment communities in the United States exclusively designed for adults with physical disabilities. The community also provides housing for seniors and individuals with mental illness.

"Crews quickly confirmed the occupant of the fire apartment had escaped unharmed. Crews went into a rescue mode and assisted the occupants of the two adjacent apartments to safety," Mellon wrote. "Second alarm crews made quick work of the blaze in the fire apartment and brought the situation under control in less than 30 minutes."

Three people were burned from their apartments as a result of the fire. The American Red Cross is helping those residents. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Hollybrook consists of 60 units and are located on the south side of the Villa campus, at the intersection of Brook Road and Villa Park Drive.