Two children taken to hospital for smoke inhalation after Suffolk apartment fire

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Posted at 2:47 PM, Apr 13, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-15 12:01:58-04

SUFFOLK, Va. - Suffolk Fire & Rescue is investigating a three-alarm apartment fire that took place Wednesday afternoon.

Crews were on the scene working a three-alarm structure fire in the 500 block of Smith Street. Officials were contacted at 1:23 p.m.

The first unit on the scene found heavy flames showing from the rear of the structure. Initial reports indicated several people trapped inside.

Two children were pulled from the home by crews. Both were evaluated at the scene for possible smoke inhalation and were taken to an area hospital.

One of the children that were taken to a hospital remained in critical condition as of last night.

Initially, two firefighters were treated at the scene for heat exhaustion, with one of the firefighters taken to a local hospital.

The fire department later said another firefighter was taken to the hospital with what is believed to be heat exhaustion after being assessed and treated at the scene.

Of the three Firefighters transported from the scene, one has been released from the hospital while the other two remain hospitalized and are in stable condition.

The secondary search of the structure has been completed and deemed all clear.

The fire was marked under control at 3:15 p.m., Wednesday.

Several crews responded to the scene. Chesapeake Fire personnel assisted with backfilling multiple stations in Suffolk.

The people who live in the building will be displaced, and the Red Cross will provide assistance.

At this time, Authorities believe that 11 people, including 5 adults and 6 children, are displaced as a result of the fire, but it's unknown exactly how many people live in the building.

Around 3 p.m. on Thursday CHKD gave an update on children brought from this fire and one in Portsmouth that happened the same day. They did not go into specifics about which fire the injuries were from in the update but said four of the 10 fire victims brought from the Suffolk and Portsmouth fires are in the intensive care unit of CHKD as of Noon April 14. The rest are in general care units and they could not release anything further.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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