Seven displaced after Henrico house fire

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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Seven people lost their Henrico home to fire early Sunday morning.

Henrico Fire crews were called to the house fire on the 100 block of Echo Avenue, off 9 Mile Road, at about 1:18 a.m. Initial calls to the 911 center indicated that the house was heavily involved in fire.

The first units arrived on scene approximately six minutes later to find flames shooting throughout the two-story home.

"The flames totally engulfed the house," one witness said. "The flames were totally above the trees."

Because of the amount of fire and concerns about it spreading to nearby homes, a request for two additional fire engines was immediately made. Firefighters aggressively battled the blaze for over an hour and a half using a combination of large hose streams and ladder trucks. It took well over 90 minutes to bring the fire under control.

Seven people who lived in the home were displaced by the fire and are being assisted by the Red Cross. No injuries were reported.

It was unclear whether they had to escape the fire, or if they were not home when the fire started.

The Henrico Fire Marshal's Office was on scene and the cause of the fire is under investigation.