Suffolk Virginia

Wednesday, April 13, 2022


Suffolk Fire & Rescue responded to a working three alarm structure fire in the 500 block of Smith Street, Wednesday, April 13, 2022. Emergency Communications was contacted at 1:23 p.m.

Fire Chief Michael Barakey said that the first unit on the scene found heavy flames showing from the rear of the structure. Initial reports indicated several people trapped inside.

Chief Michael Barakey advises that two children were pulled from the home by Suffolk Police and Suffolk Fire & Rescue personnel. Both were evaluated at the scene for possible smoke inhalation and were transported to an area hospital. Additionally, three Suffolk Fire & Rescue firefighters were treated at the scene for heat exhaustion with one of the firefighters taken to an area hospital.

It is believed that 11 people, including 5 adults and 6 children, are displaced as a result of the fire. Fire Marshal Chris Cornwell advised that those home at the time of the fire were alerted by a working smoke detector in the building.

Responding units include Battalion 1, Battalion 2, Engine 1, Engine 2, Engine 3, Engine 4, Engine 6, Engine 7, Engine 8, Engine 9, EMS 1, Fire Marshal 6, Fire Marshal 7. Ladder 3, Ladder 5, Ladder 6, Medic 1, Medic 3, Medic 6, Rescue 1, Rehab 6, Safety 1, and Suffolk Police.

Mutual-aid assistance was provided by Isle of Wight Medic 63, Carrollton Engine 10, Newport News Engine 1 and Ladder 3, Chesapeake Engine 28 and Ladder 10

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.


Credit: Suffolk Fire Rescue