22 people displaced after apartment fire in Newport News

Posted at 10:44 PM, Mar 09, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-10 10:27:25-04

At least 22 people are without a home after a fire ripped through anapartment building in Newport News Saturday

Crews arrived on scene to the Ashton at Oyster Point apartment building around 5:30.

Firefighters worked for about 45 minutes to get the flames under control.

They believe the fire most likely started on a second floor balcony and then quickly spread throughout the building.

Because of the extensive fire and water damage, the entire building will be condemned.

With so many without a home tonight the Red Cross is working alongside emergency management to make sure everyone has a place to stay.

Residents were thankful no one was hurt. Chief Pincus says the worst case scenario would be the city opening up a shelter for those displaced.

But that's only if the Red Cross cannot accommodate everyone. Residents in other buildings say they plan to help out donating food, clothing and furniture if needed.