One person suffered smoke inhalation after escaping from a fire that quickly spread throughout a Richmond home and left it uninhabitable Thursday morning.
The Richmond Township Fire Protection District responded around 5:31 a.m. Thursday to the 9200 block of Glacier Ridge Drive in Richmond for a report of a structure fire.
Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke coming from a single-story residence, according to Richmond Township Fire Protection District Spokesman Alex Vucha.
Firefighters quickly deployed hose lines while simultaneously setting up rural water operations and ladder truck operations, Vucha said.
Command staff activated the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) to the box alarm level to bring additional manpower and water resources to the scene.
The fire quickly spread into the attic space and into the adjacent bedrooms.
Vucha said firefighters used a technique called “vertical ventilation” to cut a hole in the roof to allow smoke to escape.
The fire was considered extinguished within 45 minutes.
Firefighters were able to isolate the fire to one side of the home, preventing a total loss of personal items. The home has been deemed uninhabitable.
One adult was evaluated by paramedics at the scene for smoke inhalation but was not transported to the hospital. No other injuries were reported.
Vucha said the fire is believed to have begun in the basement and extended to the main floor.
The fire is not believed to be suspicious in nature but remains under investigation by the Richmond Township Fire Protection District.