Cameras capture arrest in massive Henrico house fire

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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- An 18-year-old has been arrested on arson charges after a massive fire engulfed a home on Chickview Court in eastern Henrico Friday morning.

Henrio fire officials confirmed Lutalo Octave was arrested and charged with burning or destroying a dwelling house, etc.

Lutalo Octave was arrested and charged with burning or destroying a dwelling house

Lutalo Octave was arrested and charged with burning or destroying a dwelling house.

WTVR cameras were rolling as Octave was handcuffed after arriving on the scene just after 2 p.m.

" Investigators are still processing evidence to determine the exact cause and origin of the fire today," officials said late Friday.

A spokesman for the fire department said the 18-year-old lived inside the home.


Suspect arrested after returning to scene of Henrico house fire.

Fire officials said heavy fire and smoke were visible when crews arrived at 11:09 a.m.

"First arriving units made it on scene in four minutes and reported heavy fire from the front, side and rear of a two story residence," Lt. RJ Whaley with the Henrico Fire Department said. "Crews proceeded with an exterior fire attack and switched to large masterstreams to try and quickly extinguish the fire. The fire was marked under control at 12:03 p.m."

The blaze caused extensive damage to the home. In fact, officials said they are worried about the structure's stability because of the extent of the damage.

Witnesses who snapped photos of the fire stated they saw heat damage to neighboring houses. Neighbors also reported hearing a loud pop prior to seeing the fire.

WTVR CBS 6 reporter Chelsea Rarrick talked with one neighbor who spotted the flames from her bedroom window. She said she has never seen anything like what she witnessed Friday morning.

Another neighbor said she could smell smoke inside her home.

A homeowner said that all the homes in the area were constructed in 2006 and are relatively new.

"Minor damage was done to a neighboring home, but fire units were able to prevent the spread of fire to the adjacent home," Whaley said. "The exact cause and area of origin of the fire is under investigation at this time."

No one was in the home when the fire broke out. No one was injured.

The Red Cross is assisting the family.

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