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1 person detained after fire damages West End doctor’s office

Posted at 6:25 AM, Sep 01, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-01 08:51:34-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va - One person was detained during a joint operation between Henrico Fire and Police into a fire that damaged a West End medical building.

Police were initially called to the 10200 block of Three Chopt Road, at Gaskins Road, at about 3 a.m. Tuesday morning for a reported breaking and entering at a building that houses Holbert Family Orthodontics and the Balance & Ear Center.

Firefighters and police responded to the medical building at Three Chopt and Gaskins roads. (PHOTO: Jake Burns)

Firefighters and police responded to the medical building at Three Chopt and Gaskins roads. (PHOTO: Jake Burns)

Once on scene, responding officers found fire inside the building and quickly called firefighters.

"Inside the doctors office fire crews found fire that had been mostly extinguished by the building’s sprinkler system. A total of eight fire apparatus and three command staff responded to the fire incident. The sprinkler system of the building kept the fire minimized," Henrico Fire Capt. Danny Rosenbaum said. "There was minor smoke, water, and fire damage done to the building."

The fire was marked under control at 03:26 a.m.

"The business was not occupied at the time of the fire. There were no injuries. The fire is currently under investigation by the Fire Marshal’s Office," Capt. Rosenbaum said.

A dark-colored SUV was parked facing the wrong direction on Three Chopt when CBS 6 arrived on scene. Investigators were collecting evidence from the vehicle and later towed it away.

Police confirmed it was part of the investigation, but could not yet say how.

Police said a dark-colored SUV found near the fire was part of the investigation. (PHOTO: Jake Burns)

Police said a dark-colored SUV found near the fire was part of the investigation. (PHOTO: Jake Burns)

Authorities on scene also confirmed a person was detained following the incident. No further details about that person's connection to the fire or the SUV was available.

Three Chopt Road was closed early Tuesday morning; however, officials reopened it around 5 a.m. The extent of damage to the medical building has not yet been released.