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2 firefighters treated for heat exhaustion during house fire

Posted at 5:39 AM, Jul 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-03 17:16:52-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- Two firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion during a fire at a home in Midlothian.

The call came in at 12:23 a.m. for a fire at a home in the 14200 block of Salisbury Road. Both Chesterfield and Powhatan Fire crews responded as part of an automatic mutual aid agreement, according to Chesterfield Fire.

The homeowner told CBS 6 that he woke up to the snap, crackle, and pop of the flames — then found the garage engulfed in flames. He said he was then able to get out through the front door.

Fire crews said the flames eventually climbed up the second and third floors to the attic and roof, forcing firefighters to evacuate and use a ladder pipe to get water onto the house.

There were no injuries to anyone in the home, according to fire officials, but two firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion caused by high humidity and flames.

One firefighter was treated at the scene and the other was taken to the hospital.

Neighbor Michael Lamberson said he woke up around 1 a.m. to noise and flashing lights, then went outside to see smoke coming from the home, and a large emergency response actively working to put out hotspots.

“Great response,” said Lamberson. “I mean they were out here working hard. And you know, never really saw them take a break. They’re hustling back and forth trying to get that fire out, so we appreciate everything they do.”

The homeowner said he would be staying with family for the time being.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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