CHESAPEAKE, Va. - A firefighter with the Chesapeake Fire Department was hurt while rescuing two children from a fire at the Maplewood Apartments in the 4000 block of Jill Crescent Monday afternoon.
Authorities received the call at 1:13 p.m. after multiple reports from citizens. Engine Company 10 arrived on scene five minutes later to find two apartments that were heavily involved in fire.
Firefighters were immediately notified of the two children who were trapped on the second floor. Crews from Engine 10 entered the apartment and found the children in a bathroom.
The children were pulled to safety and were taken to a local emergency room with non-life-threatening injuries.
One firefighter suffered minor burns during the rescue and was treated on scene.
In total, four apartments were affected by the fire: Two suffered heavy fire damage, and the other two suffered smoke and water damage.
The fire was brought under control and called out at 2:20 p.m. with the help of an automatic-aid response from Suffolk Fire & Rescue.
Eight people have been displaced, and the Red Cross is helping them with lodging arrangements.
The cause of the fire is still unknown, and this is an active investigation.