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Chesapeake Crossing Apartments Fire Kills Three

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Chesapeake Crossing Apartments Fire Kills Three

We were deeply saddened to read about the Chesapeake Crossing Apartments fire over the weekend that left three seniors dead and injured six people.

Three of the five buildings at Chesapeake Crossing caught fire in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The devastating 4-alarm fire caused much of the roof and upper walls to collapse at the senior living complex. Smoke and steam continued to waft over the buildings until late on Saturday afternoon.

A report on WVEC noted 144 of the apartments were reported to be unlivable after the fire and more than 150 residents were displaced.

The Chesapeake Crossing Apartments

Location of the Chesapeake Crossing Apartments

Our thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives in this devastating blaze and those who are injured. We have many questions about what caused this fire.

Reports from the scene stated four civilians and two firefighters were injured. They were reported to be in a stable condition.

The senior complex is near Battlefield Boulevard and Military Highway.

Firefighters arrived at 4:41 a.m. to find flames rising through the roofs of three buildings in the complex. The scale of the fire meant crews were called out from Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Suffolk and Moyock, N.C. They fought the blaze for more than two hours.

Several residents told the Virginian-Pilot the fire ripped through the buildings at the complex and spread with alarming speed.

Many residents said they believed a lightning strike was to blame, but fire investigators haven’t confirmed a cause. Strong storms hit Chesapeake over the weekend.

Chesapeake Crossing Apartments Fire – The Questions

When a fire like this causes a loss of life questions are inevitably asked. Some pertinent questions would be.

  1. Did the building meet code?
  2. Were any combustible materials stored there?
  3. Were smoke alarms working?
  4. Why did the fire spread so quickly?
  5. Were the seniors informed of what to do in the event of a fire?

In the wake of the recent devastating fire at the Grenfell Tower in London, that killed at least 79 people, police are considering manslaughter charges.

A report in Time noted the Metropolitan Police confirmed residents' suspicions that the June 14 fire at Grenfell Tower was touched off by a refrigerator fire.

The British police said exterior cladding attached to the 24-story public housing project during a renovation failed safety tests conducted by investigators. The police have seized documents from a number of organizations as part of on-going investigations.

Also over the weekend, three people were killed in a high rise fire in Honolulu in Hawaii. The apartments were exempt from requirements to have sprinklers due to their age, media reports stated.

At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, our experienced premises liability attorneys help those injured at stores, restaurants, hotels, apartments or other buildings as well as the families of those who lost their lives. Call us for a free consultation at (757) 455-0077.

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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley

Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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