Updated: February 28, 2021 10:31 PM
Created: February 28, 2021 11:16 AM
Nine people and two cats living on the 200 block of 1st Street North in Virginia are safe after their apartment caught fire Sunday morning.
Viriginia Fire Chief Allen Lewis said the fire was first reported around 10:00am. Multiple agencies spent several hours battling the flames.
"Upon arrival, crews found fire that was going up the entire side of the building and into the stairwell," Lewis said. "The fire did spread up into the roof of the building."
Five firefighters sustained minor, non-life threatening injuries from slipping and falling.
Lewis said the building did not have a sprinkler system and the total cost of damage is still being assessed.
For Lindsay Hoag, a volunteer with the Red Cross, the fire hit close to home because she too experienced a house fire.
"It was my senior year of high school. My house burned down—total loss and I remember as a kid, being really worked up about it, just thinking, I lost all my clothes, my school books, you know, its really hard on kids, adults, anybody," Hoag said.
Today, Hoag is dedicated to helping others through similar hardships like the nine tenants from the apartment fire.
"We set them up in a hotel locally, make sure they have food and meals. You know, if they lost any medication, we help line up that information for them," Hoag said.
Lewis said the cause of the fire is under investigation.
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