Fire destroys Richmond home early Saturday, displaces 15

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Location of fire early Saturday

Fifteen people were displaced by a fire that destroyed a single-family home in the 400 block of B Street in Richmond early Saturday.

The blaze was reported about 5:50 a.m. at the three-bedroom house where nine adults and six children were reportedly living, according to police and fire officials.

The home had been reconfigured to accommodate all 15 residents, police spokeswoman Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said.

Everyone evacuated safely, although one person was treated for smoke inhalation and another suffered an ankle injury. A pitbull was treated for third-degree burns, Abetkov said.

Firefighters had the blaze under control in about 45 minutes.

“The fire was very difficult to control; crews had a difficult time getting access to the fire in the attic,” Battalion Chief Merlin Turner told Bay City News.

The fire caused an estimated $300,000 in damage, officials said. American Red Cross provided housing assistance for the residents.

Police believe a candle in one of the bedrooms might have caused the blaze, although the incident remains under investigation.