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Chesterfield battles townhouse fire, twelve displaced

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CHESTERFIELD,VA-Twelve people are homeless after fire swept through a townhouse apartment on Feb. 15.

It all began around 2:47 p.m., when tones dropped for a structure fire in the 6400 block of Planet Road.

Engine 203 arrived on scene and reported heavy fire and smoke showing from a two story, multiple family dwelling.

At 2:53 pm, a second alarm was declared.

"Occupants of the apartment self evacuated," said Lt. Kenny Mitchell, spokesman for Chesterfield Fire and EMS, "the adjacent apartment was evacuated."

Mitchell said the fire was marked under control in about 30 mins.

The townhouse sustained major damage.

Red Cross is assisting the displaced.

Units dispatched:

1st alarm: Engines 203,211,217,202,Engine 223 from DLA as mutual aid(Federal firefighters)Trucks 203 and 214, Medic 211 and then Medic 203, Battalions 201 and 202, Safety 201, Shift Commander and Fire Marshal 209

2nd alarm:Engines 209, 201, Truck 209, Medics 209 and 202 and air utility

The cause is under investigation.

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