Son, 2 neighbors save elderly couple from fire

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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Five people and a firefighter were injured in a Thursday morning house fire in eastern Henrico. Fire crews were called to the home, near Charles City and Turner Roads, at about 9:25 a.m.

"There were five people in the front yard, which included the two elderly occupants of the home, plus two neighbors who helped rescue the elderly couple, as well as the son of the occupants (the son lives nearby)," Henrico Fire spokesman Lt. Taylor Goodman said. "One occupant was transported with serious, non-life-threatening injuries, while the neighbors and other occupant were transported for evaluation. All patients were transported to VCU Hospitals."

A Henrico firefighter had to be checked out by medical personnel after he became overheated while fighting the fire.

"One firefighter was transported from the scene with a minor heat-related issue," Goodman said. "Because of the high heat and humidity, crews are being rotated to and from the scene, and all crews are following cooling and rehabilitation procedures."

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

"The fire was deep-seated throughout the home and took an hour to mark under control," Goodman said. "Companies will remain on scene for several hours to salvage the occupant’s personal effects from the home as well to ensure that all hidden fire is extinguished."

A tanker truck was used to carry water from a fire hydrant about a mile from the burning home.

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