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.

Bill O'Mara

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