Garage fire door helps prevent blaze from spreading at Richmond home

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Photo courtesy of Richmond Firefighters Local 188.

A “properly functioning and closed garage fire door” helped keep a fire last week at a Richmond townhouse from potentially spreading to other parts of the home or adjacent structures, according to Richmond Firefighters Local 188, the union representing the city’s firefighters.

The blaze was reported at about 6:10 a.m. Thursday, April 20, in the 4100 block of Cutting Boulevard, fire officials said.

Arriving crews found a well-established garage fire in the two-story townhouse, prompting the call for a second alarm. Fire crews quickly worked to get the flames under control in an attack that included vertical ventilation from the roof. The blaze was knocked down and contained to the garage of origin within about 10 minutes, officials said.

Local 188 says the closed garage fire door “worked flawlessly at keeping the flames contained the garage and minimizing significant damage to the rest of the home.”

No injuries were reported as a result of the fire, the cause of which was not immediately known.