Three children in Hanover County were hospitalized after an early morning fire tore through their Mechanicsville-area home.
Hanover police and the county’s fire marshal’s office say the fire started at about 3 a.m. in a house in the 8200 block of Bultaco Trail.
When sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene, they were told several people were trapped. They were able to force their way into the home and rescue an 11-year old boy and the family’s dog.
Deputies then entered the home several other times looking for others.
As the deputies continued their search, a mother and her two children – an infant and a toddler – made it out of the home.
Firefighters arrived shortly after the family escaped the home and put out the fire.
All three children were sent to VCU Medical Center. A relative said they will be OK.
Four deputies were treated for smoke inhalation. The deputies have been released from Memorial Regional Medical Center and are said to be in good condition.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The family has been displaced.
MECHANICSVILLE -- Two children were hospitalized after being pulled from a bedroom in a burning home in Hanover County today.
Hanover Battalion Chief Willie Jones said the children, both of whom are preteens but school age, were taken to VCU Medical Center. The exact nature and severity of their injuries were not immediately certain, he said.
The fire was reported at 3:02 a.m. in the 8200 block of Bultaco Trail, a short distance south of the intersection of Mechanicsville Turnpike and Pole Green Road in the eastern part of the county.
Jones said the first firefighters on scene found a ranch home on fire and a mother struggling to reach two children trapped in a bedroom along a burning hallway.
With the mother's assistance, firefighters determined the best way to get to the children was by breaking out a window in the bedroom and pulling them through it, Jones said.
The mother was not injured.
The fire, which was brought under control in about 30 minutes, caused significant damage to at least one room and a hallway, Jones said.