4 displaced after fire prompts evacuation at Suffolk apartment

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Suffolk Apartment Fire - 2

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Four people were displaced late Tuesday night after a fire caused a brief evacuation at a Suffolk apartment building.

Firefighters on the scene of a fire at the Meridian Obici Apartments in Suffolk on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Credit: City of Suffolk)

Suffolk officials said firefighters were called to the Meridian Obici Apartments around 11:30 p.m. 

The fire started on the outside patio of a second floor apartment, and had extended into the inside walls as well as the apartment below.

Officials said the entire 12-unit building — which had 32 people inside — was evacuated as a precaution. Four people in the apartments impacted were displaced.

Firefighters got the fire out just before midnight. Around this time, other units were responding to a house fire around 20 miles away in the northern part of the city that displaced a family of five.

Officials said the fire marshal determined the fire at Meridian Obici Apartments was caused by carelessly discarded smoking materials. No one was injured.

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