Three displaced by apartment fire near the Oceanfront

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Crews responded to an apartment fire Thursday near the Oceanfront.

Firefighters were called to the 200 block of 56th Street around 2:45 p.m. Units got to the scene within five minutes.

The Virginia Beach Fire Department said in a tweet that the fire was out and no injuries were reported.

No one was home in the upstairs unit where the fire broke out. One resident was in the downstairs unit, but she made it out of the building unharmed. The woman smelled smoke and was checking the rooms of her unit when a neighbor knocked on the door and alerted her to the fire. She told firefighters two women live in the upstairs apartment.

Due to extensive fire and smoke damage to the upstairs unit and water damage to the downstairs apartment, all three residents are displaced.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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