NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - All 43 residents of a Norfolk apartment building were displaced by a Thursday morning fire.
Norfolk fire crews were called out to the Grace Place Apartments in the 2700 block of Corprew Avenue around 10:30 a.m. The facility provides assisted living and housing for those 55-years-old or older.
Photos of the third-floor apartment show blackened windows and siding reaching up to the roof. Williamson said three people were rescued from the building and five people were transported to hospitals for evaluation for smoke inhalation.
Alfred Evans, the son of one resident, rushed over to the apartments when he got news of the fire.
"There were flames coming out of the apartment. They were bringing an elderly lady out of the window," Evans said.
The first floor was not damaged, according to Battalion Julian Williamson, but the residents will not be able to return until the fire alarm system is working again.
Property management has provided residents with alternate housing until all necessary repairs are complete.
On Friday morning, some 24 hours after the fire, WAVY.com caught up with Barbara Harper, who was displaced by the fire. She told us those not in the hospital or with relatives or in other accommodations were given rooms at the Candlewood Suites.
“People who had cars that could drive and then those who did not have cars, there were people who shared rides to help get people to the motel, and Norfolk State involved themselves with the shuttle bus,” she said.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but resident Nannie Serrano told WAVY.com the fire started from unattended cooking on a gas stove.
"Well, he was cooking something on the stove, he came downstairs in the midst of cooking something and left it on the stove, and that's when the fire started," Serrano said.
Stay with WAVY.com for more on this developing story.
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