Firefighters made multiple rescues from a three-alarm high-rise fire early this morning in Suffolk, Virginia, according to reports.
According to City of Suffolk (VA) Department of Fire & Rescue Chief Michael Barakey, five people were rescued during this morning’s initial response to the fire at Suffolk Towers at 181 N Main St. Two people received emergency medical assessment and treatment from Suffolk Fire & Rescue personnel before being ground transported to a local hospital for further treatment. Both were in stable condition. One firefighter also sustained minor injuries.
The initial alarm call was received at 4:03 a.m., and the first units were on scene at 4:09 a.m. The fire was found to have originated on the fifth floor, and was marked under control at 4:56 a.m.
Responding units included nine engines, three ladders, six medic units, 10 command and supporting staff, as well as the Rehab Bus, totaling more than 60 people. A total of 32 people were displaced, and the building officials are currently working with the Office of Emergency Management to determine potential lodging needs at this time.
Mutual aid was provided by the Portsmouth Fire Department, Chesapeake Fire Department, and Isle of Wight to backfill stations with staff and equipment.
The Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire and has confirmed that an occupant of the fifth floor who was initially transported for medical evaluation has been placed under arrest on a charge of Arson of an Occupied Dwelling, with additional charges forthcoming.
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