Two buildings condemned after massive Newport News fire

Photo: Newport News Fire Department
Photo: Newport News Fire Department

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Two buildings in Newport News were destroyed in a fire Wednesday afternoon.

At 12:34 p.m. Wednesday, dispatchers began receiving calls that a building on Williamson Park Drive, off Warwick Boulevard, was on fire. A police officer arrived on scene two minutes later and reported seeing heavy smoke in the area. The first fire engine arrived on scene at 12:38 p.m. to find the two-story building fully engulfed in flames. A building next door was also beginning to burn.

Firefighters had to take a defensive position outside to fight the massive fire. Additional fire crews were called to the scene to help battle the blaze. It took nearly 30 minutes for crews to extinguish the main body of the fire. Crews remained on scene for hours after to make sure hot spots were out.

No injuries were reported. No one was believed to be home at the time of the fire.

Two buildings were condemned and five people were displaced as a result. The Red Cross is assisting them.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. Officials say that the investigation into the cause is complicated because they must talk to several people and because of the extent of the damage.

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