Richmond firefighters battle separate blazes at red-tagged properties

Richmond firefighters battle separate blazes at red-tagged properties
The above photo of a smoke-gutted home on A Street was posted on Twitter by City of Richmond photographer Chris Wimmer. Full image below.

Richmond firefighters battled separate fires Tuesday night that broke out in homes that had been red-tagged after being deemed uninhabitable.

No injuries were reported from the fires that occurred in the 400 block of A Street and 4000 block of Barrett Avenue, Richmond Fire Capt. Rico Rincon said Wednesday.

The first fire, reported at 7:52 p.m. on A Street, occurred in an unoccupied single family dwelling. Since no one was inside the fully involved house, the fire crew took a defensive approach, Rincon said. The fire remained a single alarm and no one was injured. A cause is under investigation.

After the fire crew finished its work and began heading back to the station, it came upon another structure fire in the 4000 block of Barrett Avenue, Rincon said.

“[The fire] was never called in,” Rincon said. “As they passed they started to see smoke and then saw flames as they got closer.”

That fire occurred in a red-tagged home that was being used by transients, Rincon said, and began in a mattress located in a converted attic space.

The Richmond Police Department’s code enforcement unit has been working to tear down and clean up the city’s most dilapidated properties, hoping to avoid these incidents.