Just after mid-night on Friday, October 8th at 00:15 hours, Goochland County Department of Fire-Rescue and Emergency Services responded to Dover Branch Lane for a house fire in eastern Goochland.
The first fire unit arrived on the scene at 00:22 hours reporting heavy fire conditions estimating 70% involvement of a large two-story single-family dwelling with an attached garage. First arriving crews initiated a defensive attack with hand lines that quickly transitioned to an elevated aerial ladder master stream operation. The home is in an area of eastern Goochland County that does not have fire hydrants in the neighborhood. Fire crews initiated a rural water supply operation and tankers shuttled water from two nearby fire hydrants approximately a mile from the scene. Crews estimate approximately 112,000 gallons of water was used to extinguish the fire.
There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters. The house was an unoccupied new home in the final stages of construction estimated to be over 8K square feet in size. The fire was first reported by a neighbor.
Twenty-four Goochland County Fire-Rescue personnel responded to the incident. Powhatan County Fire Rescue provided a mutual aid tanker and other support. Henrico County Division of Fire assisted by covering an EMS call in eastern Goochland occurring at the same time as the fire. The Metro Richmond Flying Squad responded and provided fire ground rehabilitation, serving water, coffee, and snacks to the personnel on the fire scene.
Goochland County Fire-Rescue Chief Eddie Ferguson commends all personnel for working safely and diligently throughout the night and today controlling and extinguishing the fire. In addition, we are thankful for the mutual aid support provided by our regional public safety partners during the incident. Goochland County Fire-Rescue expect fire crews to be on the scene conducting overhaul and extinguishing hot spots most of today. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.