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Four-alarm Ocean View fire ruled undetermined

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Posted at 12:28 PM, Jul 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-22 12:28:18-04
Ocean View Fire - February 13, 2016 - Photo: Kelly Rule (WTKR)

Ocean View Fire – February 13, 2016 – Photo: Kelly Rule (WTKR)

NORFOLK, Va. – A massive four-alarm fire that destroyed eight condo buildings in the 1200 block of West Ocean View Avenue on February 13 has been ruled undetermined.

Norfolk Fire-Rescue said Friday that they have concluded their investigation into the fire.

Several other agencies assisted with the investigation process. Two representatives from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives assisted with the evaluation of the electrical panel box, meter, and fireplace. Hampton Fire-Rescue sent investigators and an accelerant K-9. And Suffolk Fire-Rescue provided several investigators who assisted in processing the fire scene.

In total, 42 condo units suffered heavy fire damage which resulted in several buildings being demolished. Additionally, 12 vehicles were towed to the city impound yard for security and follow up investigation. More damaged vehicles were found in the fire debris.

Through the investigation, it was revealed that the fire originated on the second floor balcony on the Bay side of 1222-B West Ocean View Avenue. The three-story structure was completely destroyed by fire and the spread of the fire was heightened by wind speeds of 18 knots.

Investigators were not able to identify what caused the fire, however, so the fire has been classified as undetermined at this time.

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