Fire spreads to four buildings in Petersburg
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Petersburg fire crews battled a single alarm fire on Sycamore Street early Monday, one that sent flames higher than nearby church steeples and destroyed four buildings before sunrise.
The blaze could be seen from I-95 shortly after midnight, sparked within an abandoned home near the corner of Sycamore and Wythe Streets. A woman escaped with a pet before the flames could reach her apartment, and one firefighter reported a minor back injury.
The fire destroyed Bland's Florist and Shammah's Salon. A century-old chimney, one of the few parts of the abandoned home left standing, threatened to collapse into Lighthouse Furniture & Appliance.
Crews determined that the chimney would be taken down by a backhoe Monday, before it could cause further property damage.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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