On Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 11:42 p.m., Richmond firefighters were dispatched to a house fire in the 1200 block of N. 26th Street.
Crews were advised that a male was attempting to commit suicide. Personnel found flames visible from the A & B side of a two-story wood framed structure.
Q-11 established command of the incident, and secured a water source. Another crew did a quick lap around the house, and discovered a person on the C side trapped. They placed a ground ladder to the rear of the house and retrieved one person.
That person was arrested by Richmond Police. Crews entered the house initiating an aggressive fire attack, but conditions quickly deteriorated forcing them into a defensive operation. They used elevated master streams to extinguish the blaze. The fire was marked under control at 12:29 a.m.
Fire units remained on scene assisting fire investigators well into the morning. The person arrested was charged with one count of arson.