Fire destroys vacant house
Firefighters respond to fire in Petersburg neighborhood
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.
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.