Resident of home that caught fire in Norfolk charged with arson

Fire crews battle a fire on Birmingham Ave. in Norfolk on Nov. 27, 2017.

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Fire Marshals took one person into custody in Norfolk during an active fire scene, on suspicion of arson.

Donald Stricker

Donald William Stricker III, a resident of the home, was charged with burning of an occupied dwelling.

Fire crews responded to the fire at the 500 block of Birmingham Avenue in Norfolk Monday afternoon.

The call for the fire came in at 3:17 p.m., and crews arrived to find heavy flames and smoke coming from the side of the house and from the attic.

Firefighters were forced to exit the home at 3:30 p.m. because the roof was starting to collapse. The fire was called under control 15 minutes later.

No one was hurt.

Five people, including two adults and three children are displaced, according to fire officials.