Restaurant Fire Presents Challenges to Firefighters in Chesterfield County, Virginia

Chesterfield County, Virginia Fire and EMS personnel responded to a two-alarm building fire in a closed restaurant on Friday, June 10th.

The former Fox and Hounds British Pub at 10455 Midlothian Turnpike had been closed for several months.

Initial callers to Chesterfield County's Emergency Communications Center at 2:10 pm reported heavy smoke and fire from the roof of the building which is located in a strip shopping center.

Companies responding on the first alarm assignment reported a large column of smoke from a distance and arrived to find heavy smoke and fire conditions evident in the restaurant.

A 2nd alarm was quickly struck primarily due to the need to rotate crews operating in high ambient temperatures and humidity.

Aggressive operations using an elevated master stream from Truck 9's tower ladder permitted the main body of fire to be knocked down in the restaurant and companies to quickly enter and control extension in the exposures to each side of the fire building.

The incident was marked under control at 2:44 pm. Resources used included 10 engines, 4 trucks, 4 medics, 2 Battalion Chiefs, a Division Commander, the department Safety Officer, shift Tactical Safety Officer and mobile command post.

The fire is under investigation by the Fire Marshal's office.