Family of 5 displaced in Chesterfield house fire

Family of 5 displaced in Chesterfield house fire
The fire started around 5 a.m. in the 6700 block of Wentworth Street in Chesterfield County. (Source: NBC12)

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WWBT) - An early Wednesday morning house fire displaced a family of five.

The fire started around 5 a.m. in the 6700 block of Wentworth Street in Chesterfield County.

Chesterfield fire crews responded to the fire within minutes, and no injuries were reported in the incident.

“The home did suffer significant damage, had heavy fire conditions and damage throughout the house,” said Chesterfield Lt. Jason Elmore.

Elmore said the five people who lived there truly had luck on their side.

“The homeowner woke up hearing the sounds of some crackling from the fire. Unfortunately, they did not have working smoke alarms,” he said.

On Wednesday morning, neighbors lent a helping hand to the family, providing them shoes and clothes. Another neighbor, John Berry, says he ran over to see if there was anything he could do.

“I was talking to the people the live in the house, and asked them if they were okay and everything, and they said ‘yeah.’ They felt that bad that the house was damaged like it was," Berry said.

Berry says he knew members of that family, adding that he's also gone through similar circumstances.

“Being displaced from the house is a lot. A lot of stress for anyone that’s had a fire. I’ve had a fire before, so I can understand," he said.

Investigators say a candle left unattended in a side sun room triggered the flames, before it spread to the rest of the home.

An adult female and four children were displaced. The Red Cross is assisting the family.

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