Emergency demolition ordered for apartment building in Norfolk destroyed by fire

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Norfolk West 28th St. fire

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Norfolk firefighters used ladder trucks to fight an apartment fire from above as flames shot through the nearly 100-year-old apartment buildings roof for hours Wednesday night. 

The fire occured in the 700 block of West 27th Street where the Park Place and Kensington neighborhoods meet. Firefighters first got the call for smoke coming from the back of the building at 6:45 p.m.

Just before 8 p.m. firefighters shared on Twitter that the heavy flames had broken through the roof of the 1920 structure after crews worked to cut a hole through the top to get the heat and smoke out. 

As of 11 p.m., firefighters were still working the fire, and called for an emergency demolition of the building. No injuries have been reported, but 18 people were displaced. The Red Cross says it’s supporting the displaced. 

Stay with WAVY.com for updates. 

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