Fire de­stroys vacant house

Fire­fight­ers re­spond to fire in Peters­burg neigh­bor­hood

The Progress-Index Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - By John Adam Staff Writer — John Adam may be reached at jadam@progress-in­dex.com or 804-722-5172.

PETERS­BURG — Peters­burg fire­fight­ers bat­tled heavy flames and smoke at a vacant house on Fri­day that took the ef­forts of the en­tire fire depart­ment to douse.

Ac­cord­ing to Peters­burg Divi­sion Chief Richard Le­mocks, the depart­ment re­sponded to the call around 11:57 a.m. The house at 307 Web­ster St.has been re­port­edly aban­doned for some time and was un­der­go­ing ren­o­va­tions. Le­mocks noted that he neigh­bor­ing res­i­den­tial struc­ture on Web­ster St. also sus­tained mi­nor dam­age from the fire.

The Ch­ester­field Fire Depart­ment and the Fort Lee Fire Depart­ment sent in en­gines to as­sist.

Le­mocks also noted that the fire was an all-hand­son-deck blaze for the Peters­burg depart­ment, and that the Prince Ge­orge and Colo­nial Heights de­part­ments cov­ered Peters­burg un­til the blaze was un­der con­trol.

The blaze could be seen from al­most a mile away, as fire­fight­ers fought the in­ferno. Res­i­dents who saw the smoke from their homes or em­ploy­ment gath­ered on the sur­round­ing blocks. No in­juries were re­ported. The cause of the fire is still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Peters­burg Fire Depart­ment.

[PHO­TOS BY JOHN ADAM/PROGRESS-IN­DEX.COM]

Peters­burg fire­fight­ers douse a fire at an un­oc­cu­pied home on the 300 Block of Web­ster Street in Peters­burg on Fri­day.

A Fort Lee fire­fighter is shrouded in smoke a fire at an un­oc­cu­pied home on the 300 Block of Web­ster Street in Peters­burg on Fri­day.

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