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Crews battle fire at historic home

By: Cheryl Glassford Email
By: Cheryl Glassford Email

It has been a familiar sight in Richmond, but now much of the inside of a historic home has severe fire damage.

Homeowner John Lackey watched as firefighters did their best to save what they could. The house on Lancaster Avenue has been in his family for many years. "The house was built in 1916, my family bought the property in 1903. It has been in my family for three and a half generations" said Lackey.

The fire started just before noon Tuesday. Fire crews say it was a difficult fire to fight because of the bitter cold temperatures and a narrow property entrance. Corey Lewis, with the Richmond Fire Department, says they're still trying to determine the cause. "Looks like it started in the basement area and then it ran through the walls and void spaces and can access the second third and fourth floor."

Walls and ceilings had to be knocked out so crews could find the fire. There is significant fire damage to the second and third floor and the basement area.

Antiques were carried out, but Lackey hopes to save more. "Hopefully some of the paintings and antiques can be taken care of. I know some of them were destroyed, we just don't know yet."

Lackey says one thing they are sure of, the house will never be the same. "Certainly we are not going to build the house back like that."

Photos provided to 27 NEWSFIRST by Justin Reynolds.

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