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Richmond police chief says rioters blocked firefighters from burning home with child inside

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Richmond police chief says rioters blocked firefighters from burning home with child inside

By Jessica Chasmar - The Washington Times

Richmond, Virginia, Police Chief Will Smith choked back tears during a press conference in describing how rioters torched a home with a child inside and then blocked firefighters from responding.

“Last night, protesters intentionally set a fire to an occupied building on Broad Street,” Chief Smith told reporters Sunday. “This is not the only occupied building that has been set fire to over the last two days, but they prohibited us from getting on scene. We had to force our way to make a clear path for the fire department. Protesters 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.

“Officers were able to—,” he said, pausing to regain his composure. “Officers were able to help those people out of the house. We were able to get the fire department there safely.”

 

Read more: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/jun/2/will-smith-va-police-chief-says-rioters-blocked-fi/