Vacant house catches fire in Norfolk

Posted at 8:18 AM, May 17, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-17 17:42:41-04

Norfolk, Va. - Crews responded to the scene of a fire in the 200 block of Glendale Avenue, near Hampton Boulevard Friday morning, officials tell NewsChannel 3.

Officials say this is the third fire at this particular structure. They say the first fire was March 1, and the second fire was earlier this week.

The structure is vacant, and boarded up as a result of the first fire.

Officials are investigating the cause of the fire.

The first fire on March 1st was started upstairs. Then, this past Wednesday, the fire was started in the stairwell. They believe in this case, someone crawled into a space below the house and started the fire.

No arrests have been made, which has neighbors concerned.

"We really need to catch who is doing this. It's just ridiculous. There should be no reason everyone should have to be on edge in their own home," says neighbor Tonia McCormick.

"Norfolk Fire and Rescue are certainly doing everything we can. Should there be another arson in there, we will be on the spot," says Captain Mike Hicks.

Fire investigators have also been going door to door talking to neighbors to see if anyone has information that can help.

Fire crews and police are doing what they can to make sure today's fire is the last one and they are asking neighbors to keep an eye out and call if they see anything out of place.

Norfolk Fire Rescue Arson Tip Line: 757-823-INFO (4636)