NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Norfolk fire officials said at least 30 people were displaced following an apartment fire in Ocean View Monday.
Officials said the call for the fire came in just before noon in the 2900 block of Pleasant Avenue.
Battalion Chief Stephanie Ramsey told 10 On Your Side the two-story, 12-unit structure was “fully involved” when the crews arrived at the scene.
The wind spread the fire to other apartments and to the roof, causing the fire to be upgraded to a second alarm. Twelve units were affected and at least 30 people were displaced following the fire.
Monday’s winds blew embers from the fire blocks away.
“Apparently some embers had been flying because of the wind and started to catch another house on fire,” Ramsey said. “So it was definitely a big factor. Once that wind is able to fuel the flames it allows those flames to just travel all the way through and that’s one of the reasons that so much of the roof has burned off.”
Officials said there were no injuries reported by either civilians or firefighters.
The American Red Cross was on scene as well, handing out blankets and helping residents find temporary housing.
As the rain came down Monday afternoon, the Lighthouse Community Church across the street opened its doors to welcome those affected by the fire.
Officials from a local Ocean View restaurant are offering help in any way they can. A social media post from Karla’s Beach House Restaurant said they are collecting items for families affected by the fire.
“When there is a tragedy, we really want to get out into the community to ensure that we open these doors, have water and food available,” said Pastor Jeffery L. Davidson. “It’s very very important not just to be some group of people who claim that they’re doing the work of Jesus but it actually do it. That’s what we want to do today. “
The church members also helped provide warm food and snacks for the apartments residents as they try to figure out what’s next.
Fire officials are still investigating the cause, which was still undetermined as of Tuesday afternoon.