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Two displaced after Midlothian house fire: 'flames were 50 feet in the air'

In total, about 30 firefighters worked to extinguish the flames, which could be seen from as far away as the St. Francis Medical Center.
Posted: 8:08 PM, Feb 03, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-03 23:47:54-05
Two displaced after Midlothian house fire: 'flames were 50 feet in the air'

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- Two people were displaced following a house fire in Chesterfield County Monday night.

Around 5 p.m., crews responded to the 14000 block of Fountain View Drive in Midlothian for a large house fire.

In total, about 30 firefighters worked to extinguish the flames, which could be seen from as far away as the St. Francis Medical Center.

"The homeowner was actually on the reservoir right behind the home on his boat. When he was coming back to the pier, he noticed fire coming from the second floor window," Chesterfield Fire Lt. Jason Elmore said.

Officials say that the house was declared a "total loss" in terms of water and smoke damage.

Amateur photographer Conley Hudson captured video as firefighters battled the blaze.

"When I arrived on scene I saw firefighters trying to make entry, but the fire was so heavy at the time, they couldn't enter the house," Hudson said.

A neighbor, Robbie Parker, ran inside the home to make sure the owners dog had escaped.

"We got out together, made sure the dog was out, and ran around the back of the house and that's when the third floor of the roof caught on fire and the flames were high, like 50/60 feet in the air," Parker said.

No injuries were reported in the fire.

Crews are still investigating as to what sparked the fire.