CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — Crews responded to two fires in Chesapeake Thursday evening — one of which was in a studio as well as an automotive shop.
The first call came in at 4:55 p.m. for a house fire in the 1600 block of Plantation Drive in the Deep Creek section of Chesapeake.
Units arrived on the scene and found visible smoke coming from the roof of the structure.
The cause is still under investigation.
The second call came in at 5:30 p.m. for a commercial structure fire in the 1500 block of 16th Street in the South Norfolk area of Chesapeake.
Responding units arrived to find heavy fire showing from the structure. Norfolk Fire responded to assist with firefighting efforts.
10 On Your Side’s Kara Dixon spoke with employees who worked at the building that caught on fire. They say it was a studio as well as an automotive shop.
“I was headed down to come to the office and it was in flames,” said Chevy Lanee, who works at the studio.
Lanee says she didn’t know about the fire until she saw the flames from the bridge nearby.
Her first thoughts were if those inside were okay.
“Still in shock more than anything, worried about my coworkers, my partners, the business itself and rebuilding,” she said.
The studio is a staple in the community, according to Lane, and she hopes that those who have done business with them will step up to help.
“There are plenty of artists, plenty of dancers, plenty of models whom have graced this building, whom have taken photos here, recorded here, shot videos here,” she said. “Those of you out there watching, we need your support. We definitely plan to rebuild but we need your support.”
Lanee says they plan on setting up a fundraising page. 10 On Your Side will post that when it’s created.
No injuries were reported and the cause is still under investigation.
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