Deck fire travels up vinyl siding, burns Glen Allen home

Posted at 8:55 AM, Aug 31, 2014

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- A fire that started on the back deck of a Glen Allen home early Sunday morning traveled up the home's vinyl siding and into the attic, Henrico Fire spokesman Danny Rosenbaum said.

The exact cause of the fire remained under investigation.

"There was moderate fire and smoke damage done to the residence with heavy damage done to the roof," he said.

Two adults and a child made it out of the home unharmed.

Fire crews were called to the home along the 9700 block of Taylors Crossing Court, near Brook Road and I-295, at about 6:47 a.m.

"First responding units reported heavy smoke from the attic on arrival to the two story residence. Fire attack crews found fire at the rear of the structure and in the attic," Rosenbaum said. "Crews quickly extinguished the fire but there was significant damage to the roof of the house."

Crews marked the fire under control at about 7:24 a.m.

"[The family] should be able to return to the residence," Rosenbaum said.

The greater Richmond Chapter of the American Red Cross was contacted to help the fire victims.

"Our first priority is to provide for the immediate needs of the family," Red Cross Spokesperson Jonathan McNamara said. "We will work with the family over the coming days to support their specific needs and connect them with resources that can help them start to recover from this fire."