Fire restarts, destroys Varina home

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Investigators are still looking into what caused a fire to rekindle and destroy a Henrico County home.

The fire started on New Market Heights lane. It's down a gravel driveway off New Market Road.

Tammy Zimmer snapped pictures of the home after it caught fire for the second time in less than 12 hours. She lives right in front of the home and noticed the flames around 7:00 a.m.

"I was literally scared," said Zimmer. "It's nothing but woods back here."

The closest fire hydrant is a mile away. Captain James Mellon says fire crews had to truck in water which slows down the response.

"It slows down the actually firefighting process because now we have a water supply situation we have to deal with," said Captain Mellon. "It definitely makes it more difficult."

Mellon says the first fire started on the stove around 11:00 Thursday night. The people inside had used it for cooking about 30 minutes earlier.

The mom and two teenage sons got out okay after the first fire. They weren't home for the second.

The landlord's maintenance man says he had hoped to repair the house. That was before the second fire ripped through and destroyed the home and belongings inside.

"When I came out here, the house was fully engulfed," said Tom Barlow. "The interior was one solid cherry bomb. It was solid red, so we knew right then it was non-salvageable."

Zimmer says the noise from the second fire was like nothing she'd heard before.

"With the popping and things sounding like they were exploding, I thought the walls were going to come crumbling down."

Neighbors say they're just glad the family is okay. The Red Cross is helping them out.

"The fire captain says it could be a day or two until investigators know exactly what caused the fires."

Since Daylight Saving is this weekend, firefighters say it's also a good time to change the batteries in your fire alarm.

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