VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — At least eight families are displaced after a large fire Thursday morning at an apartment complex in Virginia Beach.
Emergency communications said they were notified around 4:32 a.m. for the fire at Legends at the Beach in the 3100 block of Hunters Chase Drive, not far from Lynnhaven Mall. The fire was later upgraded to a two-alarm fire.
When fire crews arrived, flames were shooting from the roof. Smoke was still coming from the building as of 6:45 a.m. No injuries have been reported and most of the damage to the building was to the attic and third floor.
A family that lives on the second floor says firefighters started banging on doors to get everyone out early in the morning.
Vivian Smith heard flames from her condo down the street.
“I could see orange smoke coming up and it was tremendous. It was really pretty wide, and you could hear crackling sound and all and I thought ‘oh my gosh,'” she said.
BELOW: Chopper 10 over the scene of apartment complex fire in Virginia Beach May 20, 2021.
Six years ago on Wednesday, nearly two dozen people were displaced when this same apartment complex caught fire. Fire officials at the time said cigarette butts caused that fire.
Acting District Chief Skelaney spoke on the building structure and how it presents issues for firefighters.
“It’s just typical of the construction of these buildings. back in the day that’s how they built them. they have inherent fire problems that we just have to deal with,” said Battalion Chief William Skelaney.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.