CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) -Five people were displaced after two apartment units were damaged from a fire that occurred in the 1300 block of Poindexter Street on Friday evening.
According to the Chesapeake Fire Department, firefighters were called on scene at 9:01 p.m. and arrived within five minutes. Firefighters had the blaze under control at 9:20 p.m., with it fully being out at 9:37 p.m.
10 On Your Side’s Erin Kelly talked to Captain Scott Clifford of the Chesapeake Fire Department, who said the cold weather made the situation more challenging as firefighters encountered slick spots. After the fire was out, crews opened up the roof to check for any hidden fires, Clifford said.
Derrick Williams, one of the residents inside the building at the time, said he did not notice anything was wrong.
“In the beginning, we didn’t smell anything. We didn’t know what was going on because…it was at the top of the roof. It hadn’t reached the house yet, hadn’t came inside yet,” Williams said.
According to Williams someone from a nearby store alerted his family to come outside. “We come outside and we look up, and it’s a fire,” he said.
Williams said he and his family were staying with relatives.
The fire displaced a family of four and another occupant of the apartment. The family has made lodging arrangements. The Red Cross has been contacted to assist with one of the displaced occupants.
There were no reported injuries.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.