Eight people without a home after Chesapeake fire

Posted at 5:54 AM, Apr 06, 2015

Chesapeake, Va. - Eight people are now without a home after a house fire in Chesapeake early Monday morning, officials tell NewsChannel 3.

One home was destroyed, and two more were damaged.

The Chesapeake Fire Department responded to the house fire in the 800 block of Water Elm Court, in the Riverwalk community at 4:53 a.m. and found a two-story home fully engulfed in fire.

The fire had spread to the single-family home on the left of the house and the heat was also melting the siding on the home to the right. A second alarm was called for additional equipment.

The fire in the primary building was marked out at 6:37 a.m., officials say.

Firefighters continue to hit hot spots on the second structure and are working towards extinguishment.

The Fire Department was told by the homeowner of the original structure that everyone was accounted for, and firefighters were able to conduct a primary rescue search of the second structure, finding that building all clear.

A woman who was delivering newspapers tells NewsChannel 3's Gabriella DeLuca that she saw flames coming from the home and called 911.

One person was treated on the scene for minor burns and refused to be transported to the hospital.

Two families were displaced by the blaze, and firefighters are conducting a second search of the homes to make sure all pets are accounted for.

The origin and cause of the fire is still being investigated.