RICHMOND -- A fire that started in two cars spread a to home and caused the evacuation of a nearby apartment building early Thursday, a Richmond fire battalion chief said.
No one was injured in the 2:30 a.m. blaze on the 400 block of South Ninth Street. Firefighters arrived to find two vans fully engulfed, and the fire spreading from a carport to a home, said Battalion Chief Merlin Turner.
The flames also extended to a fourplex adjacent to the carport, causing firefighters to evacuate the building, Turner said. The fire was extinguished in 30 minutes.
Turner said the cause is not yet known, but people were living inside the two vans. No one was living in the home, he said.
The fire caused an estimated $160,000 in damage.
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