CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) – Firefighters responded to a fire that displaced nine children and three adults from a home in the Grassfield section of the city Saturday evening.
Dispatchers called emergency crews to the 800 block of Washington Drive at 5:02 p.m. Fire crews arrived on scene at 5:09 p.m. to find a two-story home with smoke and flames billowing from the roof.
According to Captain Lawrence Matthews, firefighters went into the home to extinguish the fire but were called out because of the deteriorating conditions at the time.
Crews continued to work from the exterior and brought the fire under control at 6:14 p.m.
No one was inside when the flames broke out. 10 On Your Side learned that the Home-I-Tech program runs out of this home. It is a boarding program for international students.
The residents have made their own lodging arrangements.
David McLaughlin spotted the flames and ran inside to make sure no one was there. He also called 911. McLaughlin actually built the house. “It used to be my house, I lived in it for 10 years before we sold it two years ago and in fact it was a bed and breakfast for many years, too. So we had a lot of memories there and I hate to see it get damaged like that,” he told 10 On Your Side.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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