On Friday, January 7th at 05:28 hours, Goochland County Department of Fire-Rescue and Emergency Services responded to New Town Road off Rock Castle Road for a house fire in southern Goochland.
The house fire was reported as being fully involved and possibly someone trapped inside.
A Goochland County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Sheriff arrived first on the scene confirming it was a working fire. The first fire unit arrived on the scene at 05:52 hours reporting a one-story single-family dwelling, fully involved in fire and mostly already fallen to the ground. Neighbors and a family member reported there was an elderly male still inside. A defensive fire attack was initiated, and water was supplied from four tankers on the scene. Tankers refilled with water from a fire hydrant at Goochland High School, shuttling water over 8 miles to the scene. The fire was quickly controlled, and crews turned their attention to trying to locate the occupant who was reported inside. Goochland County Fire-Rescue’s Chaplain responded to the scene to support the family and fire crews. Goochland’s Fire Marshal with the assistance of Powhatan’s Fire Marshal, worked together with fire crews and located the occupant deceased at 08:36 hours.
The deceased’s identity is being withheld awaiting final confirmation and until the family can be notified. The cause of the fire is undetermined and remains under investigation. The surrounding area appeared to have power at the time of the fire. Responding units had good road conditions and did not encounter any delays.
Twenty Fire-Rescue personnel responded from Goochland Fire-Rescue Companies 5, 4, 2, 1 and Powhatan County Fire Rescue. The Metro Richmond Flying Squad responded and provided fire ground rehabilitation, serving coffee, water, and snacks to the personnel on the fire scene.
Goochland County and Goochland County Fire Rescue extends our thoughts and prayers to the family. Goochland County Fire Rescue reminds every one of the value of having working smoke alarms in all homes. Lives are saved every day because of a smoke alarm. The community is encouraged to contact Fire Rescue Administration at 804-556-5304 or your local Fire Rescue Station to request a smoke alarm and Fire Rescue will be happy to provide and install a working smoke alarm.