3 businesses damaged in large Virginia Beach commercial fire

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Posted at 12:07 PM, Mar 29, 2021

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Crews responded to a commercial fire early Monday morning.

Around 4:38 a.m., firefighters with the Virginia Beach Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire in the area of Riva Ridge Run. While they were responding, dispatchers notified them the fire was actually at the Harpers Road Commerce Center in the 1300 block of Harpers Road.

The first unit arrived on scene at 4:45 a.m. and reported heavy fire coming from the front and back of a commercial structure.

Crews initiated a rapid defensive attack to contain the fire to the three suites of the structure that was being damaged by the fire. Firefighters battled the large fire in high wind conditions and were able to knock it down quickly.

The fire was marked under control at 6:29 a.m.

No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported.

Three businesses sustained extensive fire damage. Seven other suites in the structure sustained varying degrees of smoke and/or water damage.

A total of seven engines, two ladder trucks, two heavy rescues, one support truck, one fire drone, one safety officer, two battalion chiefs, one district chief, two ambulances, one EMS supervisor and four fire investigators responded to this incident.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

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