7 displaced in Richmond house fire, including 4 kids

7 displaced in Richmond house fire, including 4 kids

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Seven people are displaced after a fire broke out at their home in South Richmond.

The call came in around 10:30 a.m. in the 5700 block of Swanson Road. Crews say the family was cleaning out the wood stove and improperly disposed of the ashes.

Richmond fire says there were flames in the basement, as well as the first and second floors. The damage was substantial, according to fire officials. Crews were also dealing with frozen fire hydrants.

The seven people displaced include four girls and one boy, all ranging from ages 3 to 15. Two adults were also displaced. The Red Cross is helping the family.

They have a dog that is currently receiving care from animal control. The family also has two cats, but fire crews could not find them.

No one was injured.

The building inspector said the house was condemned.

Four other fires happened in South Richmond within the last week, according to fire officials.

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