Electrical fire at Va. Beach townhouse displaces 8

Credit: Virginia Beach Fire Department

UPDATE:  Officials with the Virginia Beach Fire Department say the fire was ruled accidental and was sparked by an over-heated electrical circuit.


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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A fire at a townhouse in Virginia Beach Monday morning displaced eight people.

Officials with the Virginia Beach Fire Department said crews were called to Burr Oak Circle, off Great Neck Road, just before 9:30 a.m. Crews arrived on scene four minutes later, and had the fire undr control in about 10 minutes.

Pictures from the scene appeared to show heavy interior damage to the building.

Gallery: Fire damages townhouse in Virginia Beach

Officials said two men were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. A total of eight people — six adults and two children — were displaced as a result of the fire. The children were at school at the time of the fire, according to officials.

Officials told 10 On Your Side one of the men jumped out of a second-story window, and had burns to both of his hands. The other, a 94-year-old man, had some breathing issues because of the smoke from the fire.

The fire did not spread to other homes because of “fire walls” — which the fire department said had a major impact on Monday. No other injuries were reported.

Investigators are working to determine what may have caused the fire.

Neighbors in the area say their hearts break for the family and that promoted Sarah Adams to gather donations and clothes for the family.

“All the family members in the home need clothes,” said Adams. “I have three small children. I just couldn’t even imagine.”

Together, they are collecting clothes, shoes, gifts, toiletries, even kitchen items and furniture. Adams say they looking for the public to donate, as well.

To donate to the family email: TheSarahEverAfter@gmail.com