A prominent Virginia Democrat was reportedly rushed to the hospital this week.
According to The Hill, former U.S. Sen. Charles Robb (D-VA) and his wife, Lynda, were at their home in Fairfax County on Tuesday when the structure erupted in flames.
“My heart is shattered”
Robb, who also served as the state’s governor, and his wife were taken to an area hospital to receive treatment for smoke inhalation and other injuries.
Firefighters reportedly arrived on the scene at about 11:30 p.m. and encountered a fire that had engulfed much of the home’s ground floor.
Emergency personnel determined that Lydia Robb, a daughter of former President Lyndon B. Johnson, sustained second-degree burns and was kept at the hospital for further treatment, The Washington Post reported.
Her sister, Luci Baines Johnson, issued a statement offering an optimistic outlook on the devastating development.
“The facts are they are still with us,” she said, according to The Hill. “They are both extraordinarily strong and accomplished people. They have spent 54 years together. My heart is shattered for them.”
“What is most important”
Current Gov. Ralph Northam, also a Democrat, provided a statement that included remarks attributed to the Robbs’ three children.
“Our entire family is deeply grateful to the firefighters for their rapid response and the medical professionals who are taking care of them,” the statement asserted. “We have what is most important to us — our mom and dad.”
Northam also weighed in with a tweet, declaring: “Pam and I were deeply saddened to learn of a fire at the home of former governor Chuck Robb. Our thoughts are with Chuck and Lynda as they recover from this tragedy.”
This is not the only narrative involving a prominent Democrat and a house fire to make headlines in recent weeks. According to Fox News, President Joe Biden attracted scrutiny over his recollection of a fire in 2004 that destroyed his family’s home while his wife was still inside.
He later acknowledged that she made it out safely, though an Associated Press report from that time provided a much different depiction of the fire, calling it “small” and “mostly contained to the kitchen.”