Two fires displace nine residents

Published 9:39 am Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Suffolk Fire and Rescue responded to two separate fires just before midnight on Tuesday. There were residential structure fires at the Meridian Obici Apartments and a home in the 6700 block of Glasgow Street.

Fire and Rescue responded to the structure fire at the Meridian Obici Apartments at 11:35 p.m., just four minutes after Emergency Communications received the call.

The fire started on the outside patio of a second-floor apartment, and the fire extended to the interior walls of the apartment of origin and the unit directly below it, according to Battalion Chief Demetri Wilson.

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Prior to Fire and Rescue arriving on the scene, the occupants of the 12-unit building had evacuated the building as a precautionary measure. Four persons were displaced due to the fire – two adults from the apartment of origin and two from the apartment directly below.

The fire was under control at 11:58 p.m. There were no injuries.

The Fire Marshal advised the cause of the fire was due to carelessly discarded smoking materials and was ruled accidental, according to spokeswoman Diana Klink.

Fire and Rescue arrived on the scene of the second fire in the Burbage Landing neighborhood at 11:56 p.m. after Emergency Communications was notified at 11:50 p.m. The fire was in the rear of a two-story single-family home, according to Klink.

The fire was under control at 12:28 p.m. and there were no injuries.

The cause of the fire was due to an accidental electrical issue, and the family of five was displaced. The two adults and three children did not require housing assistance at the time, according to Klink.

Mutual aid was provided to the single-family home fire by the Chesapeake Fire Department due to the apartment fire.