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Family escapes Chesterfield house fire

Posted at 7:08 AM, Dec 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-12 10:18:19-05

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- Two adults and four children were forced to leave their home after their roof and chimney caught on fire in Midlothian.

Just after midnight Monday, crews  were called to the 1600 block of Old Hundred Road. There they found the area around the home's chimney on fire.

"Fire crews arrived to find heavy fire from the side of the house involving the chimney. Firefighters extinguished the fire from the outside of the home and then went inside the home to extinguish the fire that extended into the house," Chesterfield Fire and EMS spokesperson Lt. Jason Elmore said. "It took crews approximately 20 mins to get the fire under control."

All six people inside the house were quickly evacuated from the home before firefighters worked on putting out the fire.

No one was injured.

While crews quickly put out the fire, the investigation into exactly what cause the fire will take longer.

Officials urged homeowners to get their chimney cleaned and inspected at least once a year.

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