Officials: No evidence of arson in 2-alarm Va. Beach storage fire

Photo: Virginia Beach Fire Department

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Beach fire investigators believe a two-alarm fire that damaged twenty units at a storage facility was accidental in nature.

Firefighters were called to the Jack Rabbit Self Storage in the 4200 block of Holland Road at 7:20 p.m. Thursday. Crews got to the scene within four minutes to find heavy smoke showing.

A few minutes later, fire officials requested a second alarm.

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District Chief Michael Barackey says the unit where the fire began was filled with belongings from floor to ceiling, which are now ruined. The fire started spreading through the roof, but was marked under control at 7:59 p.m.

Eight of the 20 units affected were badly damaged. No injuries were reported.

Fire department officials said Thursday night the cause of the fire was still undetermined.

The cause remains under investigation, but officials say no evidence of arson has been found.

Many people who rent units at the facility came to the scene and watched from across the street, hoping their belongings were not damaged.

“WAVY popped up on my iPhone and said there was a fire at Jack Rabbit and we just put our antique car over there yesterday, so I came running down here to see what’s going on and hopefully it’s not our unit,” said Sharon Szaronos.

District Chief Barackey said there was extensive overhaul to be done at the facility.

“There’s so much materials that are stacked inside these units,” he said. “We have to go ahead and do an investigation, pull materials out of the units, get a good wet down on it and determine the cause.”

Stay with WAVY.com for updates on this developing story.