Three children, two adults, escape child care fire in Chesterfield

Three children, two adults, escape child care fire in Chesterfield

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A 14-month-old and two other children escaped from a burning Brandermill home Thursday, where they were being watched by a home child care provider.

The incident marks the second fire within two weeks at a Chesterfield home, with children under the care of professional baby sitter.

The first call to 911 came just after 4:20 p.m., when two adults smelled smoke inside the house on Liberty Oaks Circle. According to Chesterfield Fire Lt. Jason Elmore, a spark from an upstairs bathroom vent started the fire, which spread across the second floor.

"I got a call from my wife, and she was kind of frantic," said William Thurman, whose 14-month-old was inside the home. "She told me that the house that our baby was at was on fire."

Fire officials confirmed five children are usually watched at the residence, but two of them had not yet returned from school.

Crews doused the flames and had the situation under control within 20 minutes. The fire burned a hole in the back of the roof and caused heavy damage to the second floor.

It remained unclear by early Friday if the home would be considered a total loss, or if repairs could be made.

"The first thing I asked [my wife] was if [my son] was ok," Thurman said. "And she said yes, everybody got out of the house ok."

All the children reunited with their parents, and the homeowner is now staying with family members.

The Brandermill fire happened nine days after a Midlothian home day care fire claimed the life of one-year-old Joseph Matthew Allen. Teams found the boy left in the home, strapped into an overturned car seat.

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