Red Cross assisting 23 people displaced after fire damages Va. Beach apartments

Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — The Red Cross says it is providing support to 20 adults and three children displaced after an overnight two-alarm fire damaged several apartment units near Town Center of Virginia Beach.

Officials with the Virginia Beach Fire Department said dispatch received the call around 11:50 p.m. Thursday for a fire at the Pembroke Town Center Apartments in the 4600 block of Jeanne Street.

When crews arrived on scene, they found smoke and fire coming from the top of the apartment building. Firefighters went inside to find the fire and attack it, but crews had to pull out because of safety concerns.

Eight units were damaged after an overnight two-alarm fire at an apartment complex near Town Center of Virginia Beach. (Credit: Virginia Beach Fire Department)

Officials said a decision was made to fight the blaze from the outside because there was a potential for the building to collapse once the flames broke through the roof.

10 On Your Side spoke with one woman who described the conditions in her apartment, “The whole smoke surrounded me and it went into my nostrils everything and I had swallowed some of the smoke it was literally hurting my throat.”

A second alarm was called just before 12:15 a.m. The fire was officially marked under control at 1:08 a.m. and the fire was out within the hour, officials said.

No injuries were reported.

Eight apartment units were damaged in the fire.

Reggie Wallace, who was at work when the fire started is grateful to firefighters who stopped the flames from spreading to the buildings attached on either side. “I’m just glad to be alive – I’m glad nobody was hurt I’m really grateful.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Stay tuned to WAVY.com for updates.

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