RICHMOND -- A two-alarm fire caused about $100,000 in damage to a vacant home on the city's south side Wednesday night, a fire official said.

Firefighters were called to the home on the 1000 block of Florida Avenue around 10:30 p.m., said Richmond fire Battalion Chief Merlin Turner. The fire is believed to have started in the backyard of the home, which was under remodel, and gusty winds pushed the flames into the attic and rear of the home, Turner said.

A 92-year-old woman who lived next door was taken from her home as a precaution, but the fire did not spread to other homes, Turner said. It took fire crews 45 minutes to knock down the blaze.

Turner said there was heavy construction debris in the backyard and evidence of squatters inside. No one was there at the time of the blaze, he said. No one was injured.

David DeBolt covers breaking news. Contact him in Richmond at 510-262-2728. Follow him at Twitter.com/daviddebolt.



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