Six people displaced in overnight apartment fire

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – The Newport News Fire Department is investigating an apartment fire that displaced six people.

Fire crews responded to the 500 block of Catina Way just before 6:00 a.m. Saturday.  When crews arrived, they found fire coming through the roof and residents evacuating the apartments.

Crews had the fire under control by 6:15 a.m. Saturday.  They found one person inside the structure and medics treated that person at the scene.

No other injuries were reported. Deputy Fire Chief Kenneth Lay tells 10 on Your Side that six people were displaced because of the blaze.

Two apartments were condemned because of fire and smoke damage.

Those who were staying in the building where the fire started say they were woken up by the smell of smoke.

” I got up and looked around the house and I didn’t see anything. I laid back down on the sofa. About five minutes later, the house was full of smoke,” said one woman,who was visiting her son.

The woman, who didn’t want to be identified, says she immediately sprung into action.

“I knocked on everybody’s door, woke everybody up, got everyone out of the house, we called 911, and waited for the firefighters to come,” she said

Investigators said the cause of the fire is accidental.

It’s an accident neighbors say is not the best way to kick off the new year, but they’re grateful that only homes were lost.

“It could’ve been a lot worse, could’ve been a lot worse. We just thank god that it wasn’t. 2017 went out with a bang,” she said.