Officer treated, two dogs rescued from Chesterfield house fire

Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - We're learning more about a Chesterfield house fire we first broke Monday night at six.

A police officer suffered smoke inhalation and two dogs were rescued from the burning home.

The fire broke out just before five last night in the 500 block of Wellshire Place in Chester.

Fire fighters say the wind threatened to spread the flames to nearby homes. While that didn't happen, it took about an hour to bring the fire under control.

No one was home at the time of the fire.

One of the homeowners actually works for the Chesterfield Fire Department. Her brother, Ron Hess, spoke to us at the scene.

He says they're still trying to figure out what could've sparked the flames.

"They said they turned everything off...before they left," said Hess.

Investigators say it's too early to know what caused the fire.

They add the house is so badly damaged and structurally unsound, they won't be able to go inside to investigate.

The two dogs are being treated for smoke inhalation by a local veterinarian.

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