CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — Two men who moved into their new Chesapeake home just days ago were displaced Tuesday following a devastating fire.
Firefighters were called to the 1100 block of Elder Avenue at 5:01 p.m. Units arrived on scene five minutes later to find a two-story home with heavy fire.
The blaze was marked under control at 5:28 p.m.
No one was hurt in the fire. The homeowner, Roel Delua, says his cat is still missing.
Delua told 10 On Your Side that he and a roommate moved into the house four days ago. Now, they’re displaced from the home.
“I feel very sad that my first home is destroyed, I feel sad all my stuff is gone,” Delua said. “But I feel okay… I’m not dead, I’m still doing fine.”
Delua said he believes the fire started on the back porch.
“I tried to straighten out the fire with the fire extinguisher, that didn’t work,” he said. “Four days of having a home and it’s all gone now. Time to figure out how to fix it.”
A neighboring home was also damaged.
Two crews of Virginia Beach firefighters helped Chesapeake units to keep the fire from spreading to other homes.
The Virginia Beach Fire Department posted dramatic pictures of crews responding to help in Chesapeake.
Virginia Beach officials say firefighters from Engine 10 and Ladder 10 helped with exposure searches as well as overhaul.
Officials are still working to determine the cause.
Stay with WAVY.com for updates on this developing story.