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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) – It took 35 firefighters 30 minutes to bring an apartment fire in Henrico’s West End under control Thursday morning.

Flames were shooting from the roof of a Chase Gayton apartment when firefighters arrived around 10:15 a.m., according to Henrico Fire Capt. Jim Mellon. The complex is near the intersection of Gaskins and Quioccasin Roads.

“Firefighters evacuated the first floor apartments and rescued a dog from the upper floor apartments,” Mellon wrote in an email. “A short attempt at an interior fire attack was quickly changed to an exterior attack due to the heavy volume of fire. An interior transition was done as the fire was darkened down from outside.”

No one was injured in the fire that damaged eight apartments.

One of the woman burned from an upstairs apartment was a Hurricane Sandy victim who had just moved to Henrico to live with her sister after the storm destroyed her home.

The Red Cross is helping eight people who were displaced as a result of the fire, Mellon said.