Nine displaced in ‘suspicious’ downtown apartment fire

Published 8:36 am Sunday, September 19, 2021

A ‘suspicious’ downtown apartment fire early Sunday morning has left nine people displaced but no one injured.

Suffolk Fire & Rescue units responded to the fire in the 300 block of Wellons Street at 3:04 a.m., with Battalion 1, Engine 1, Engine 2 and Rescue 1 crews arriving to find heavy black smoke visible from the front door and flames visible from the rear of the large structure, according to Fire Chief Michael Barakey.

Inside, firefighters found heavy fire on the first floor of the two-story residential apartment building, with fire venting from the rear. Fire crews evacuated residents on the second floor, and the fire was under control by 3:38 a.m.

The fire has been ruled suspicious and the Fire Marshal’s office and Suffolk Police Department are investigating. Other responding units included Engines 3 and 4, Ladders 3 and 5, Medic 1, Rescue 6, EMS-1, Safety 1 and Fire Marshal 4 and 6.

The American Red Cross is helping the displaced residents.