HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — A two-alarm fire damaged five apartment units in Hampton on Monday morning, displacing more than 30 people and several pets.
It happened in the 2100 block of N. Roger Peed Drive, with firefighters getting the call around 8:45 a.m.
Marcus Redmon, who lives in one of the units, said he woke up to a loud bang and acted quickly.
“I came out and found that my neighbor’s home two doors down was smokey and real flamey, so I immediately got my wife and my kids out of the home,” he said.
Responding units found heavy smoke and flames coming from the center of the apartment complex. All of the apartment’s residents were reportedly out when crews arrived on scene.
Officials said firefighters initially battled the flames inside, but had to switch to an exterior attack because changing conditions and the volume of the fire.
A second alarm was called because the fire’s progression, and wind gusts that exceeded 20 mph. Firefighters extinguished the blaze by 10:20 a.m., officials said.
Marcus says his home sustained a lot of damage, but some of his neighbors got it worse.
“My neighbor right next door to us, their home was completely destroyed, the aparmtent next to theirs is completely destroyed,” he said.
Five apartments sustained heavy fire, smoke and water damage. Officials said the Red Cross is assisting 12 adults, 20 children and several animals that have been displaced.
The Hampton Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating.
Officials said Hampton units received help from the York County Department of Fire and Life Safety, the Newport News Fire Department and Norfolk Fire-Rescue.