Two fires keep crews busy

Published 5:09 pm Friday, March 24, 2017

Two fires reported around the same time kept Suffolk Fire & Rescue busy on Friday afternoon.

The first report came in at 12:36 p.m. for a house fire in the 400 block of Boat Street in downtown Suffolk, according to a city press release. The first units arrived on scene at 12:40 p.m. They found heavy fire in the kitchen that extended into the attic. The fire was called under control at 1:26 p.m. The resident had already evacuated prior to the arrival of firefighters, and there were no injuries.

The occupant was displaced and will receive assistance from the American Red Cross.

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Suffolk Fire and Rescue units also responded to a brush fire in the 2800 block of Pruden Boulevard near Robs Drive Friday afternoon.

The fire was reported at 12:55 p.m. Firefighters had to use chainsaws to cut saplings and dense brush to access the area. They arrived at the area of the fire about 1:18 p.m.

They found a fire that burned about an acre of wooded area approximately 50 yards off the roadway, according to a city press release. The fire was called under control at 1:47 p.m. There were no injuries.

The Chuckatuck Volunteer Fire Department responded along with Suffolk Fire & Rescue.

The fire marshal’s office is investigating the cause of both of Friday afternoon’s fires.