Fire forces mother and eight children out of Chesapeake home

Apartment fire in the 2500 block of Stowe Street. January 25, 2017 (Photo courtesy: Chesapeake Fire Dept.)

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — A destructive fire has forced a mother and her eight children out of their South Norfolk home.

Firefighters were called to the two-story apartment on Stowe Street around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

No one was inside at the time, but Lakeshia Arnold told 10 On Your Side that her family lost just about everything.

“It’s gonna be real hard for me to replace anything,” she said.

Arnold said a neighbor called her about the fire as she was traveling home from the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters. There, she had been trying to find out why one of her daughters is facing seizures.

“I thought it was a joke at first,” she said. “When I came up, I just saw windows broke and I saw the ladder out.”

“I was devastated, I didn’t know how to feel,” said Ezekiel, her 14-year-old son.

10 On Your Side spoke to the family at a nearby park. Arnold took the children there in hopes of clearing their minds. She said three of her other children face health challenges, too.

Our crew was there as a Red Cross worker arrived. The organization is putting the family up in a hotel for three days, but after that, Arnold doesn’t exactly know where to go.

“I have had friends offer me to stay with them and so I’ll see if they honor what they say,” she said. “I don’t want to be a burden.”

In the meantime, she said the family will lean on one another and trust in God.

“All material stuff can be replaced,” she said. “But we got love for each other, and that’s all we need.”

Firefighters quickly contained the fire before flames spread to the next-door unit. Officials told us that the cause remains under investigation. Arnold said she was told that the fire appears to have been the result of an electrical issue.

 

Photo courtesy: WAVY/Rob Rizzo
Photo courtesy: WAVY/Rob Rizzo
Apartment fire in the 2500 block of Stowe Street. January 25, 2017 (Photo courtesy: Chesapeake Fire Dept.)
Apartment fire in the 2500 block of Stowe Street. January 25, 2017 (Photo courtesy: Chesapeake Fire Dept.)