Rioters set fire to home with child inside, blocked firefighter access

by Jordyn Pair · Jun 1st, 2020 4:58 pm

A group of protesters in Richmond, Virginia, set fire to a multi-family residence with a child inside and then blocked firefighters' access to the building, according to a report from Richmond Police Chief Will Smith.

"Protesters intercepted that fire apparatus several blocks away with vehicles and blocked that fire department's access to the structure fire," Smith said during a press conference on Sunday. "Inside that home was a child."

Smith confirmed the firefighters eventually were able to arrive on the scene safely, before criticizing the culprits.

"When you take a legitimate issue and hijack it for unknown reasons, that is unacceptable to me," Smith said. "It's unacceptable to the Richmond Police Department, unacceptable to the city of Richmond."

The incident was part of ongoing protests over the death of George Floyd, who died last week after an arresting officer knelt on his neck.

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