NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Eight people were displaced after a two-alarm fire destroyed one home and damaged two others Sunday night in the Ocean View section of Norfolk.
Battalion Chief Joe Milligan tells WAVY.com crews were called to a fire on West Ocean View Avenue just after 9 p.m.
Milligan says first units arriving on scene found a house fully engulfed in flames — with the fire beginning to spread to houses on either side. A second alarm was called.
Gallery: 2-alarm fire at Ocean View house
Milligan says the fire appears to have started on the front porch area on the building’s first floor.
Mary Ross lives nearby.
“I saw the flashing red lights by the time I ran to my window and looked out the house was totally in flames,” she said.
Juanita Reberio often walks past the home and was shocked by what she saw Monday.
“It hurts my spirit to see the house like that,” Reberio said.
Karen Crawford’s home of four years was one of the homes damaged Sunday.
“We were out on the beach. My neighbors were fishing. So we saw some smoke and we came running to the house and the front of their deck was on the fire,” Crawford said.
Crawford told 10 On Your Side’s Brandi Cummings says as soon as she saw the fire at her neighbor’s house Sunday night, she ran into her house to save the pets.
“It was very windy and I know how fast it could spread and it did. It went up like in 10 minutes,” she said.
A young man was home at the time, but was able to escape the house without injury. There were no injuries reported, according to Milligan.
Milligan says the fire was ruled under control at 11:08 p.m. A total of 18 fire units and 45 firefighters responded to the scene Sunday night.
The house where the fire started has been ruled a total loss. Eight people, five adults and three children were displaced as a result of the fire.
WAVY was there when fire crews returned to the area Monday morning because a mattress on Crawford’s third floor was smoldering.
“Everything was so soaking wet when we left last night. Everybody even the firefighters were surprised that it was smoldering,” she said.
Crawford and her friends worked to save what they could. She explained while there’s damage outside, much of the inside of her home is destroyed, too.
“Water all over, insulation, the carpet’s waterlogged. I had this much standing water on my hardwood floors, so they’re going to have to be replaced. The furniture is soaking wet,” she said.
Despite the thousands of dollars in damage, Crawford is keeping a good spirit knowing things could have turned out differently.
“It’s not my first time having a really bad fire in my home, so I know everything can be replaced. Everybody got out safely except for my neighbors lost a pet or two so we’re good,” she said.
The cause of Sunday’s fire is under investigation.
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