1 person dead, 5 displaced in Norfolk apartment fire

Photo Courtesy of the Norfolk Fire Department

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – One person has died as a result of an apartment fire Saturday morning.

Fire crews were dispatched at 7:13 a.m. for a possible fire in the 6200 block of Chesapeake Boulevard.

Norfolk Fire Chief Harry Worley says crews arrived on scene to find flames coming from the second floor of a three-story apartment building, with a fire extending to the third floor.

“I looked out the door and saw smoke blowing out the house then a whole bunch of fire,” said resident Alfreida Mangum.  “I heard somebody say call 911, so I called 911.”

Firefighters found one victim on the second floor and took that person to a local hospital.  The man later died because of his injuries.

“He was a friendly person, he was a giving person, he would do anything for you that he could,” said neighbor Linda Haynes, who is displaced by the fire.  “I’m in disbelief.”

The incident is being investigated by Norfolk Fire Marshal’s Office and the Norfolk Police Department.  37 firefighters, medics and officers responded to the fire.

“We have to deal with life safety first,” said Chief Worley.  “It takes a lot of people to deal with life.  If you have a victim inside, you’re potentially pulling two, three firefighters away from the fire fight.”

The fire was marked under control at 7:55 a.m..

At least five people and two dogs are displaced as a result of this fire and will be assisted by Red Cross.

Six out of twelve units in the building have been affected, three of those units are now uninhabitable.

Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the fire and the cause of the victim’s death.

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