NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Eight people were displaced early Wednesday morning after an apartment building in Norfolk caught fire.
Chief Damon Langley with Norfolk Fire-Rescue said firefighters were called to the 1000 block of W. 37th Street around 3:45 a.m.
Crews arrived on scene and found heavy fire showing from the second floor of the building. It ended up spreading to the attic, Langley said.
Fire-Rescue officials later said in a tweet two people were rescued from windows on the second floor. Four people were transported to a local hospital for smoke inhalation.
No other injuries were reported.
The American Red Cross responded to help six adults and two children displaced by the fire.
Another tweet said firefighters had the flames under control shortly after 4 a.m. According to Norfolk Fire and Rescue, several people reported smelling a strong chemical odor in the building, but the cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Sandra Sampson, who lives in the apartment building, told 10 On Your Side’s Kiahnna Patterson she watched her neighbors, including two children, jump from the building.
“Six people jumped for from the apartments,” Sampson said. “I just couldn’t believe it. It looked like something from on TV.”
Rodney Freeman was one of the displaced victims. He said his significant other woke him up yelling, “It’s a fire.”
“I get up I go to the living room. I see fire at my living room door the apartment was full of smoke. I immediately run and tell him to come on, thinking he was behind me. I hit the window and I jumped out the window. He didn’t jump out; the firefighters had to get him,” said Freeman.
Freeman said he had to jump from the second floor because the steps of the apartment were on fire. His partner was in the trauma unit for smoke inhalation. Freeman said his condition is improving.