UPDATE: 3 hospitalized following Henrico apartment fire

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Some scary moments for nearly a dozen Henrico residents who narrowly escaped a massive fire last night.

Fire officials say twenty-two people were displaced, forced out of their apartments on Newbridge Road.

It was just after three in the morning when the first frantic calls came into emergency dispatch.

The fire was under control in twenty minutes. Fire officials say two units were heavily damaged and six units had moderate to minor smoke damage.

All twenty-two people escaped but among them, three young children ages 4, 3, and 1 were taken to VCU Medical Center for smoke inhalation.

Fire fighters say they saw heavy flames coming out of a first floor unit, but when the first crew went in to battle the flames, they noticed something odd.

"I got a report from the first in crew, they did not hear any smoke detectors going off so, we'll try to determine whether or not there was a working smoke detector in the unit that was affected by fire", said Capt. James Mellon.

When the sun came up, we went back to check on the residents.

One neighbor said she worried the flames were coming too close to her unit.

"I woke up to a lot of commotion and screaming, looked out my window to see, I was surprised the whole apartment was engulfed in flames and my first thought was, I hope nobody is in there", said Lawree White.

With young children of her own, White is relieved everyone made it out relatively okay.

"You just don't know what the outcome is going to be, and this here, this is a blessing you know for them to have made it out the house like that", said White.

Those three children are expected to be okay.

Two have been released from the hospital already.

The American Red Cross is assisting the families with food and shelter.

We are still waiting on the fire marshal to determine the cause of the fire.

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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Three children were hospitalized for minor smoke inhalation after an early morning apartment fire in Henrico County. Two of the children, ages 1 and 4, have been treated and released. A third child, age 3, remains at VCU Medical Center, but is in stable condition and expected to just fine.

Just after 3:00 a.m. Saturday, firefighters received a call for heavy flames coming from a first floor apartment in the 300 block of Newbridge Road.

From Henrico Fire:
A relative who was at home with the children stated "I woke up hearing a crackling sound, then I saw the smoke." The relative quickly went and assisted the children out of the apartment. No smoke detector was heard by fire crews in the apartment of origin.

It took less than 30 minutes to get the fire under control.

We're told eight units were damaged, but everyone inside managed to escape. In all, 22 people have been displaced. The Red Cross is assisting those families.

An investigation is now underway to determine just what caused the fire.

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