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VA Police Chief: FFs Blocked from House Fire with Child Inside

During an emotional news conference, Richmond Police Chief Will Smith said police needed "to force our way to make a clear path for the fire department" to reach the scene of the blaze.

Firehouse.com News
Jun 1st, 2020
Richmond, VA, Police Chief Will Smith said firefighters were stopped by rioters from reaching the scene of a burning house that had a child inside early Sunday.
Richmond, VA, Police Chief Will Smith said firefighters were stopped by rioters from reaching the scene of a burning house that had a child inside early Sunday.
Richmond, VA, Police Department
 

Firefighters were blocked over the weekend from trying to reach a burning house with a child inside, an emotional Virginia police chief said during a Sunday news conference.

Richmond Police Chief Will Smith said rioters had intentionally started a fire in "an occupied building on Broad Street" early Sunday. Officers were called in because fire apparatus were being prevented from reaching the scene.

 

Chief William C. Smith comments on a challenging situation during last night’s protests in #RVA. You can watch the rest of this @CityRichmondVA press conference here: https://www.facebook.com/RVAGov/videos/550926388904751/?vh=e&d=n 

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"This is not the only occupied building that has been set fire to over the last two days," Smith said. "But they prohibited us from getting on scene. We had to force our way to make a clear path for the fire department. Protestors intercepted that fire apparatus several blocks away with vehicles and blocked that fire department’s access to the structure fire. Inside that home was a child.”

Firefighters and police eventually were able to help the people, he added. But the chief and Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney decried the actions of individuals who were using protests to cause violence and destruction.

“Peaceful protests in solidarity against the injustices of black men hijacked by bad actors," said Stoney, according to WTVR-TV. "As soon as you loot a store or set a public bus on fire, you're not demonstrating. You've made it about you. When you block law enforcement from allowing fire services to get to a home that has caught on fire. You are not inspiring change. When you knock out windows of businesses that had nothing to do with this, you are not inspiring change. That's an insult to the cause.”

Smith said these "bad actors" are to blame for violence not only against police officers but also other city residents. 

“We've had a number of people that have been injured by thrown bottles, rocks, bricks, everything that you can imagine, thrown by other protesters. As the mayor said, our protest has started out peacefully every single night with respectful people voicing their legitimate concerns. We've been able to facilitate them in their First Amendment rights, but it hasn't taken too long each night before actors have taken over the protest and have changed the tone.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     SEE VIDEO TWEET    ;   https://www.firehouse.com/operations-training/news/21140391/va-police-chief-firefighters-blocked-from-house-blaze-with-child-inside?fbclid=IwAR168eSFjTGheFgIpP69oZulTMyGVSvuUiXN-Y9CLLlocFhKq8qzDZkoTsA

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turn the water on and hose them out of the way


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7 minutes ago, disgruntled said:

Such a sad state that evil has taken over this world. 

If it's any consolation to you....Good has always taken over evil.


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2)  The secret to a long life is you try not to shorten it.

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Peaceful protest is one thing, these people responsible need taken out period! This isn't helping anyone. These paid for riots just to make Trump out to be the bad guy, wake up America! The almighty Dems don't give a $hit about any of us. Look at their actions!


Isn't it weird that in America our flag and our culture offend so many people, but our benefits don't?

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