2 burned in incident at Henrico warehouse

Published: Nov. 1, 2013 at 6:16 PM EDT|Updated: Nov. 1, 2013 at 9:23 PM EDT
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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Still no word on exactly what happened at a Henrico warehouse that left two people with serious burn injuries. Henrico Fire crews got to the scene in the 7400 block of Ranco Road, not far from Staples Mill Road around two o'clock.

The workers were sent straight to VCU Medical Center. We don't know at this point the exact extent of their injuries. We have learned they are private contractors doing salvage work in the warehouse, as no one currently occupies it.

The call originally came in as a report of a burn patient, but the situation quickly escalated. Crews got to the scene to find two people burned.

"Anytime we have burn patients it's very serious and we make sure we transport them to VCU Burn Center," explained Henrico Fire Lt. Jackson Baynard.

Firefighters went in to extinguish what's described as a small fire.  At this point, there's still a lot that's unclear. At first, this was described as an explosion, then a flash fire, then possibly just your average fire. Now it will be up to the fire marshals, who rushed to the scene, to determine exactly what went down.

"That's going to start with asking the responders questions about what they found when they got here, what they encountered once they got inside the building," Baynard added. "They'll also talk to the private contractors on scene to see what they were doing, what type of work was being done. Then they'll go ahead and they'll go inside the building and look at the location of where the incident happened."

Since no one currently occupies the warehouse, no mass evacuation was needed. Firefighters did talk to contractors, who left in a Hadley Construction truck. We've learned that company is based out of Pennsylvania.

Henrico Fire officials tell us it could take more than just one night to determine both exactly what happened and what caused it.

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