Families Displaced After Richmond Fire

By: Wendy Enneking Email
By: Wendy Enneking Email

A dozen Richmond families are working to find new places to live after a fire raced through their apartment complex early Saturday morning.

The fire broke out at about 2:30 a.m. at an apartment complex on Ballard Drive. At least one apartment was destroyed and several others were heavily damaged.

No one was injured in the fire but one resident lost two snakes and a pitbull puppy.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


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  • by BOB Location: NEW YORK CITY on Aug 13, 2008 at 10:27 AM
    I was in town when I saw this and saw the most awful toothless dirty looking people I have ever seen in my entire life! Hillbillies at it best!
  • by Jane Location: Lexington, KY on Aug 12, 2008 at 08:37 AM
    How can we send donations of clothing or other items to help victims of the fire?
  • by Mike Location: Richmond on Aug 11, 2008 at 09:39 AM
    Found this article from the Richmond Register **Mike Bishop displays Saturday his red-tailed boa constrictor Lulu in his burned apartment on Ballard Drive. “It’s just a miracle that he survived,” Bishop said of the snake. “Everything I have is replaceable. It makes things a lot better that (Lulu) made it.” Bishop had four pet snakes and lost two in the fire along with a puppy. The Daniel Boone Chapter of the American Red Cross has placed Bishop and the 27 others displaced by the fire in a hotel until Tuesday.** First off, the picture associated with the story is ridiculous to print. A guy in shorts, no shirt and a snake wrapped around his neck. Stereotyping at its best! Secondly, a male snake named Lulu? How confused is that snake? LOL! Thirdly; did the puppy get eaten by one of the other snakes? Kind of odd he'd have a puppy and four boa constrictors. You don't feed boas anything but "live" animals to eat. A little bit more reporting please. My sympathies to all who are displaced now.
  • by Wow Location: Richmond on Aug 11, 2008 at 09:28 AM
    Were these low income apartments? Just wondering because based on the comments from Mike Jones, he doesn't sound like he was educated enough to have a decent paying job. Just my opinion...
  • by mike jones Location: 519-ballard dr apt 6 on Aug 10, 2008 at 08:37 PM
    All the ppl was my friends and i will miss them when they move. i feel sorry when he's pets got burned up.

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