CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — Seven people were rescued from a house in the South Norfolk area of Chesapeake that was damaged in a two-alarm fire.
Officials with the Chesapeake Fire Department said in a news release first responders from Chesapeake as well as Norfolk Fire-Rescue responded to the 1300 block of 21st Street shortly after 3:30 a.m. after neighbors reported smoke coming from a home.
An engine from Chesapeake arrived around two minutes later to find heavy smoke at a two-story home. A second alarm was called after reports of residents being trapped on the second floor, officials said.
Firefighters using ground ladders rescued five adults and two children. The Red Cross responded to help the displaced residents.
The fire was quickly extinguish and marked under control just after 4 a.m.
The family says the house caught on fire in an upstairs duplex while they were sleeping. There was only one exit out.
Fire department officials said investigators determined the fire was caused by a grill that was used Sunday on the home’s second-story balcony.
The family said they lost everything from valuables and clothes, but are happy the children are safe.
10 On Your Side’s Kiahnna Patterson saw the family go inside and grab a pillowcase full of clothes. Crews placed condemned signs on the windows.
If you would like to help the family, here is a link to their GoFundMe.