Hanover responds to two house fires 20 minutes apart

Hanover firefighters had their hands full Wednesday handling two separate blazes in the county.

According to Jason Williams, battalion chief with Hanover Fire/EMS, a call came in at around 1:30 p.m. for a report of a house fire on Tyson Trail, located in the Elmont area south of Ashland.

Authorities say the fire that destroyed this Mechanicsville home started in the attic. (Photo courtesy of Hanover Fire/EMS)

Authorities say the fire that destroyed this Mechanicsville home started in the attic. (Photo courtesy of Hanover Fire/EMS)

“At first arriving, units found a house that was fully involved with fire,” Williams said.

No one was home at the time of the fire, but the two individuals who lived there were displaced as a result of the blaze and are currently being assisted by the Red Cross, Williams said.

Twenty minutes after the call in Elmont, Hanover 911 received a call in Mechanicsville for a report of a second house fire in the Pebble Creek subdivision.

“There were reports of people home at the time but they got out safely prior to our fire crews’ arrival,” Williams said.

Williams said several engines responded to both of Wednesday’s calls. However, the close proximity of the two fires required the county to request assistance from its neighbor to help battle the Pebble Creek blaze.

“We did have to call for mutual aid on the second call in Mechanicsville because the earlier fire that was going on kind of depleted our resources,” Williams said. “So Henrico sent some resources that were very helpful and we got that fire under control in about an hour.”

Williams said the fire in Pebble Creek started in the attic and destroyed the home’s roof. Though no one was injured, the fire displaced the eight people who lived there.

Williams said both of the blazes remain under investigation.

Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 4:29 pm