Over 10 units damaged, several people displaced after Norfolk fire

Posted at 10:14 AM, Jan 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-14 16:26:53-05

NORFOLK, Va. - Crews responded to a multi-unit complex fire at Olympic Village apartments in Norfolk Wednesday night.

Officials said crews were met with very heavy smoke and a quickly-advancing fire at the complex.

The complex is off Pecan Pt. Rd in the Ingleside section of Norfolk.

As firefighters began their interior attack, flames could be seen coming through the roof. As the second alarm companies arrived, the crews then deployed their master streams and were able to effectively stop the spread of the fire to the adjacent units of the building, officials said.

The fire was called under control around 11:15 p.m., and the Fire Marshal group was able to began their investigation.

An estimated 10-16 units sustained damaged, displacing more than 30 people, but officials said there were no injuries reported.

News 3 spoke to Willena Glaster who was overwhelmed with tears, reliving the traumatic experience.

"The most frightening part was to see all of the parents coming out and children crying," said Glaster.

Her home was spared in the fire, but she was close by. She says neighbors frantically banged on doors to make sure residents made it out of their homes safe.

They stood outside teary-eyed and shocked as neighbors’ homes and belongings went up in flames before their eyes.

"To come out at night and the sky it’s just — it looks like the sky is just on fire. You just see this big orange blaze and then all of these colors shooting out. It was horrific," said Glaster.

The incident remains under investigation.