Chesapeake firefighters battle 11 house fires

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) – Chesapeake firefighters have battled 11 fires already in the month of December, and six have displaced families.

It’s something no one ever wants to go through. Surveillance video shows a father desperately trying to pull everything he could from his burning home on Campostella Road, December 15. His small children watched. His neighbor’s cameras captured everything until the moment the flames were too much.

“I hate to see something like this happen to anyone, especially right here at the holidays, and them having four small children. It’s just heartbreaking,” Matthew Love said.

Because he went back inside, fire investigators said Randy Hurdle got burned. Now out of the hospital, his family of six is in a hotel while they look for a new home.

Another family is looking for a new home after a fire on Luther Street, December 12.

Monday was especially difficult for Chesapeake families: there were three separate fires. The first on Bishop Street just after noon. Investigators said sparks from the fireplace caused it.

Then four hours later another fire on Chestnut Avenue. A couple was burned out.

At 10 p.m. the same night, fire destroyed a house on Blacksmith Trail.

“Anytime you seen someone lose their home or property it’s bad, but it makes it much worse when it’s this time of year,” said Captain Scott Saunders with the Chesapeake Fire Department.

Although Saunders wouldn’t say the cause of the fires because they are still under investigation, he said basic fire safety is important. He said things like keeping a working smoke detector on every level of your home, having an exit plan and making sure fire places are checked and cleaned annually are good things to keep in mind.

“I’m not going to say it ever gets easy. Again, you hate to see people lose their homes. You hate to see people lose their property, but there’s a bright side to when it’s just a property loss and that everybody made it out safely,” Captain Saunders said.

Saunders told firefighters battled 14 fires in November 2014, 13 in November 2013 and only 8 in December of last year.

For more information on fire safety and what to do if you’re a victim of residential fire in Chesapeake, click here.

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