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Crews battle 3-alarm fire at vacant Richmond church

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Posted at 7:03 PM, Feb 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-21 23:23:18-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Firefighters battled a three-alarm fire at a vacant church on Richmond's Southside Sunday afternoon.

Crews were called to a church, which is under construction, in the 2700 block of Hull Street around 12 p.m., according to fire officials.

When firefighters arrived the found heavy smoke from the building.

"Once inside, heavy fire was found throughout and a second-alarm fire was declared," officials said.

The fire was then upgraded to a three-alarm call around 12:30 p.m.

As of around 2 p.m. the fire was marked under control.

"Primary and secondary searches were conducted with negative results," fire officials said. "Crews will remain on scene for an undetermined amount of time as an investigation is conducted."

As a result, traffic was shut down both directions of the 2600 and 2700 blocks of Hull Street.

No injuries were reported.

Officials said that while the building is under construction, no work was being done at the time the fire started.