5 displaced from townhouse fires in Chesapeake

Courtesy of the Chesapeake Fire Department

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — Firefighters put out a townhouse fire in the 1200 block of Mill Lake Quarter, early Friday morning.

Emergency dispatchers said the emergency call came in just after 3 a.m.. According to the Chesapeake Fire Department, the fire started in one townhome and then spread to two adjoining townhomes. The fire was under control at 3:55 a.m.

Two adults and two children were displaced from one home and have made arrangements. One adult was displaced due to damage to one of the other homes and will be assisted by the Red Cross.

The third home did not sustain significant damage and no one was displaced.

Dylan Gallimore, 18,  lives a few doors down from where the fire started and says he spotted the flames. Gallimore says his friend heard a loud pop and saw the massive flames pouring from a backyard. So, he ran to the front of the home and knocked and knocked to alert the neighbors.

“I’m really glad knowing they are safe. That could have been anybody. That could have happened down there and that could have been my house and my family and if someone did that for me, I would be very grateful for them. It could happen anywhere and its crazy,” said Gallimore. “[The] shed to that door and that deck to that door was completely engulfed in flames. I couldn’t even see the back door. They are my neighbors and I wanted to make sure they knew there was a fire.”

There were no injuries reported.

Investigators believe a fire pit left smoldering in a backyard wood desk caused the fire.

Courtesy of the Chesapeake Fire Department