The death toll from Friday’s house fire in northern Chesterfield County has risen to six, the county’s fire chief said Saturday afternoon.
Edward L. Senter Jr. said two additional victims had died — a child and a woman.
The fire early Friday in the 9900 block of Glass Road has now claimed the lives of two women and four children ranging in age from 2 to 12, Senter said. Officials have not released the identities of the victims.
Chesterfield’s Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the single-family home just after midnight. The home is in the Mayfair Estates subdivision off of Courthouse and Hull Street roads.
The Chesterfield Fire Marshal’s Office was notified of the death of the fourth child late Friday, according to Senter. Then on Saturday, the office was notified that a second woman had died, Senter said.
There were a total of nine family members inside the home at the time of the fire, Deputy Fire Marshal Joe Harvey confirmed Saturday. One victim was pronounced dead at the scene, and eight were taken to hospitals.
Of those eight, five have died.
The first crews to arrive at 12:17 a.m. encountered “heavy fire on the first floor in front of the residence” with heavy smoke throughout the first and second floors, Senter said Friday.
Senter said one victim was found dead in a bedroom where the fire is believed to have started and several others were located on the first floor and removed by firefighters.
“Multiple other victims were located on the second floor and were removed by firefighters using ladders in the rear of the residence,” he said.
The fire’s cause is being investigated by the fire marshal’s office in conjunction with Chesterfield police, Senter said.