This weekend, three people were killed and six other people were injured
after a four-alarm fire early on Saturday, July 15, 2017. The fire occurred
at Chesapeake Crossing Apartments, a senior living complex. Firefighters
were called out to Robert Hall Boulevard at 4:35 a.m., and they arrived
on the scene six minutes later to find smoke issuing from the roof of
three, three-story buildings at the complex.
Resident Sharon Johnson says she heard a loud boom about fifteen minutes
before the police began knocking on the door of the complex, trying to
get people up and out of the building. Officials reported the fire was
under control by 6:45 a.m., more than two hours after the fire was first reported.
The Chesapeake Fire Department reported 144 apartments are in unlivable
conditions, meaning more than 150 residents will need to find alternate
living arrangements after the fire. Three out of five of the buildings
in the complex caught fire, and much of the roofing and upper walls of
the buildings collapsed.
Out of the total number of residents, three people were confirmed deceased,
each of them located in different areas of the complex. Four civilians
and two fire fighters were also injured by the blaze, but they are all
in stable conditions. All residents have also been accounted for.
The residents were able to visit an emergency shelter at Indian River High
School, and the City of Chesapeake and the owners of Chesapeake Crossing
Apartments also arranged hotel rooms for thirty-one displaced people.
The remainder of the residents made their own lodging arrangements. There
is no information yet as to what caused the fire.
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