Suspicious house fire being investigated in Chesterfield

Suspicious house fire being investigated in Chesterfield
Officials have deemed the fire suspicious. (Source: @LtDonStory/Twitter)
Officials have deemed the fire suspicious. (Source: @LtDonStory/Twitter)

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - UPDATE: Police have charged Daniel Adkins, 18, with two counts of arson related to this incident. Click here for more details.

Fire crews in Chesterfield are investigating two fires in the Brandermill neighborhood that have been deemed "suspicious."

A neighbor, who asked to not be identified, says he was walking his dog around 2 a.m. in the 2200 block of Millcrest Terrace when he saw a suspicious person going through someone's car. Then he saw smoke and called police.

Officials first discovered a fire in a trash can and then a house engulfed in flames nearby.

"You could feel the heat coming off the house," said the neighbor.

It took crews about 45 minutes to control the fire, but they also battled hot spots for about three to four hours afterwards. They were unable to go inside of the home to battle the blaze, because the roof had collapsed and there was a hole in the first floor making it too unstable.

"I saw this massive fire and I was just so scared," said young neighbor Zoe Cochrane. "The first thing on my mind was 'What's going to happen? Is anybody inside? Is it going to spread to our house or any other houses?'"

No one was injured - fire officials say the home had been vacant for about a month.

It is not yet known if the fires are related, but they are all part of the same investigation.

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