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Area hit hard by house fires
By James Peacemaker, Jr., Managing Editor
Apr 8, 2013, 14:49

JAMES PEACEMAKER JR./HOPEWELL NEWS/NEWS-PATRIOT A fire Thursday night at a house off Rives Road in Prince George left a couple homeless.

An elderly, partially disabled couple has been left homeless after a fire severely damaged the home they had rented for 28 years.

The Prince George fire was among several in the past week in the Tri-City area.

The fire broke out around 10 p.m. Thursday at the home off of Rives Road, not far from Prince George Family Barbecue.

Edward Hanzlik, who owns the home and lives next door, said he was glad their son was home at the time and was able to help get them out.

He said the Red Cross put the couple up in a hotel, and they had family in the area.

Hanzlik said he is waiting for the insurance assessment but said the home was likely a total loss. He said he didnít know what caused the fire yet.

A fire in the 2600 block of Wise Street, about a block off Winston Churchill Drive, near the center of Hopewell, severely damaged a home around 11 p.m. Saturday.

Scorch marks extended up the outside walls of the home and a baby stroller sat inside the yellow tape that marked off the area on Sunday.
JAMES PEACEMAKER JR./HOPEWELL NEWS/NEWS-PATRIOT A fire in the 2600 block of Wise Street, about a block off Winston Churchill Drive, near the center of Hopewell, severely damaged a home around 11 p.m. Saturday.

More details are not yet available.

At 4:21 p.m. Thursday, Colonial Heights fire crews were called to a home in the 300 block of Pickett Avenue, a few blocks across the Boulevard from Colonial Square Shopping Center.

Chesterfield Engine 12 also responded to assist.

When firefighters arrived, smoke was coming out of the attic of the single-family home.

Firefighters entered the home and contained the fire to the attic and quickly extinguished it. No one was home at the time but the family dog was taken to a local veterinarian for observation.

Fire officials said the fire was sparked by an electrical short and estimated the damage at $5,000.

No one was injured but the Red Cross is helping the family.

A house fire on Friday morning in western Chesterfield displaced two adults.

The Chesterfield County Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded shortly after 10 a.m. to the 21500 block of Sappony Road to find smoke coming from a front window. Fire officials said It took about 25 minutes to bring the fire under control. The Red Cross is assisting the residents, who were not injured. Fire marshals said the fire was caused by a malfunctioning electrical outlet in a bedroom.

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