HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A family pet has died and four people have been displaced after a fire at a West End apartment complex.
According to fire officials, crews were called to the 12300 block of Shore View Drive just after 3 p.m. Sunday. A neighbor noticed smoke coming from the windows and immediately dialed 911.
When crews arrived, they found flames and smoke billowing from two floors of the home and immediately went to work knocking down the fire while conducting a search for victims and animals in the home.
Neighbors worried the residents were in the home since their two vehicles were parked out front, fortunately none of them were at home at the time.
Crews encountered near-zero visibility inside the townhouse but search crews located three pet dogs, rescuing two of them.
Fire officials said one dog died in the fire on the second level of the home. Firefighters and paramedics treated an unresponsive dog and were able to resuscitate him, pulling him out of the home and carrying him down a ladder.
A third dog was discovered hiding under the sofa and was rushed for emergency medical treatment at a nearby vet. The family's cat is still missing.
None of the occupants were inside the home at the time of the fire.
Henrico fire crews said the fire also extended into the attic space but was contained to the original townhouse.
Those individuals displaced by the fire have been connected with Red Cross officials to aid in taking care of their immediate needs and recovery.
Firefighters credit a quick response to the fire that limited damage to the rest of the complex.
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