Virginia Firefighters Battle House Fire


Suffolk VA firefighters awoke to heavy fire showing across the street from the firehouse on Feb. 5.

Fire crews from Station 1 on Market St. responded across the street to the 100 blk. of Chestnut to find a two-story residential with heavy fire showing. The fire was threatening the adjacent structures and crews immediately went to work protecting exposures on both sides.

The crew of Engine 1 pulled 2 ½ lines while personnel from  Engine 2 worked the fire from the rear.  Ladder 3 was set up for defensive operations.

A second alarm was transmitted to assist as the fire progressed into the Bravo exposure. Second alarm companies, Engine 3 and 4 initiated an aggressive interior attack.

Ladder 5 was also set up for defensive operations as crews got the fire under control.

Suffolk Department of Fire & Rescue responded with five engines, two ladders, two battalion chiefs, Rescue 1 and both deputy chiefs.

The original fire building was a total loss and was torn down the next day.