2-alarm fire at Southside motel

8 children were in Chesterfield home that caught fire, 1 suffered life-threatening injuries

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MIDLOTHIAN, Va. -- A child rescued from a burning Chesterfield home has suffered life-threatening injuries, Chesterfield Fire and EMS spokesman Lt. Jason Elmore said.

The child was just one of eight children in the home along the 11700 block of Valerie Court in Midlothian when the fire was reported at about 12:16 p.m. Monday. However, the child wasn't found for 45 minutes.

Chesterfield house fire

Emergency crews on scene on Valerie Court in Midlothian. (PHOTO: Joe St. George)

Neighbors told CBS 6 reporter Joe St. George, the home owner babysat children at the house and other children were there when the fire started in the home's garage. The garage is completely destroyed  and the fire spread to the second floor.

An eyewitness said he saw a child carried out of the home, who was “motionless.”

“Our crews did an extensive search,” said Elmore. Firefighters were initially told by the homeowner that all children were accounted for, he added.

“She thought she had everybody out initially, and shortly thereafter we found the child,” said Elmore.

The child transported to Pediatric ICU at VCU Medical, and is in critical condition. All other seven children have been reunited with their parents, after staying some time at neighbors homes as a reprieve from the fire.

The home sits in a neighborhood between Powhite Parkway and Lucks Lane.

The fire remains under investigation. No cause has yet been determined.

Did this home have a daycare license? Was it certified? Melissa Hipolit will have those answers, ahead at 11 p.m.


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