Kitchen fire displaces 58 in Chesapeake

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) – Fire investigators say a fire at a Chesapeake apartment complex Tuesday night started in a kitchen.

Crews were called to Heron’s Landing at 2133 Military Highway at 10:17 p.m. Fire spokesman, Capt. Scott Saunders, said the fire was mostly out when firefighters arrived at 10:24 p.m.

Water damage forced crews to turn off electricity. He said 58 people were displaced from their apartments.

Heron Landing is a Virginia Supportive Housing facility, a non-profit that helps the homeless by providing support and subsidized housing.

Much of the water damage appeared to be in the donations closet. Staff is asking the public for basic household items as well as food for the residents.

“It’s critical actually, most of our folks are on a very limited income and here at the first of the month most folks receive income and do their monthly shopping, stock up their refrigerator and freezers and so it’s really bad timing,” said Esther Robert, Director of Hampton Roads Mission Advancement.

Virginia Supportive Housing is putting the residents up in a motel until they can get back to their apartments. They hope that will be by Thursday evening.

One person was examined on scene for smoke inhalation but refused hospital treatment. There were no other reported injuries.

The cause of the fire appears to be cooking related.

Donations can be dropped off by appointment. Contact Michele Tucker-Robinson at mtucker@virginiasupportiveousing.org

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