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Chesterfield family homeless after house fire

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

A Chesterfield family loses everything in a house fire that started in an unusual way. The fire broke out last night at a home in the 11,000 block of Isadora Drive. Investigators point the blame to how the homeowner was charging up a car battery.

The Thursday evening blaze began in The Highlands subdivision.

"We were headed to Girl Scouts and we pick up the little girl across the street and as we were headed down, it looked like the fire had just started," said neighbor Sheryl Chretien.

The flames were moving fast.

"There were heavy flames coming from the garage…I was amazed how quickly it had spread," she said.

Shortly after, three people inside, including two children escaped.

"It caused significant damage throughout the house. It's obvious the building inspectors have deemed it's not livable," Lt. Jason Elmore said.

He says the homeowner was trying to charge a dead car battery. He connected jumper cables to two cars in the garage and then went upstairs. That's where the problem came in.

"If you're going to do that, make sure you stay close by because if something starts to short out you will be able to be right there to stop that before a fire can start," Elmore added.

While battling the blaze, things took a turn for the worst.

"Two of our firefighters, during the process of extinguishing the fire inside of the structure, had some of the sheet rock from the ceiling come down on them," he said.

They were treated on scene.

"It was a significant fire that they had a hard time dealing with at times," Elmore said.

Crews stayed there through Friday morning making sure it was under control. Neighbors are taking note from the tragic circumstances.

"That's something you don't think of," Chretien said.

Now her daughter's girl scout troop wants to help.

"The girls said some of the money that they earned from cookie sales this year, they would like to make a donation to the family," she said.

The two injured firefighters are back on the job. The Red Cross is assisting the family who is out of their home.

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