About 30 people displaced after large fire at Norfolk apartment complex


NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — About 30 people have been displaced by a fire at an apartment complex Wednesday night in Norfolk.

The call reporting the incident came in at 9:35 p.m. in the 800 block of Pecan Point Road, dispatchers said, and it was under control at 11:15 p.m.

Fire officials for the city said about 15 to 16 units were in the building that caught fire. At least eight units were damaged, but no injuries were reported.

Video sent to WAVY.com from a viewer showed flames reaching high above the apartments.

Thursday afternoon, windows were boarded up and a fence had been put around the apartments.

Fire officials say there were no firewalls in the complex, so the fire spread quickly. However, they were able to prevent the fire damage from extending the entire length of the roof with an aggressive master stream attack.

They say it took lots of water from both ladder trucks to stop the fire.

10 On Your Side spoke to one man whose apartment caught fire.

He didn’t want to go on camera, but said he was cooking last night when a neighbor banged on his door telling him to get out.

He then went downstairs and told another neighbor to grab her son and get out. Most of his things were destroyed in the fire except for some items in the bedroom. 

Norfolk resident Florine Williams knows several people who live at the complex. 

She drove by to make sure none of them were hurt.

“The material things can be replaced, a life can’t. And with everything that’s going on right now, oh my God,” said Williams.

The American Red Cross was called to the scene to assist. Fire officials said about 30 people were displaced. The Red Cross said it was helping 16 families that were displaced.

Crews are still working to identify the cause.

Stay with WAVY.com for updates.

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