2nd blaze damages apartment complex
By Staff Reports
Aug 21, 2014, 13:05
JAMES PEACKMAKER JR./HOPEWELL NEWS/NEWS-PATRIOT A fire Saturday evening severely damaged a vacant building in the Prince George Terrace apartments in Hopewell.
HOPEWELL — A fire severely damaged a building in the Prince George Terrace apartment complex last weekend.
This is the second fire that has occurred at the complex. Two of the seven apartment buildings are now closed due to fire damage. A previous fire happened in 2012 and a blue tarp still covers a portion of the roof.
The Hopewell Fire Department responded Saturday, Aug. 16, around 6:36 p.m. to 1906 Warren Ave., near the southern edge of the city. The structure was a vacant, boarded-up, three-story brick building. Upon arrival, fire personnel spotted heavy smoke venting from the roof.
During the initial assessment, heavy fire was detected on the second-floor living area. Heavy fire started to show through the roof as Engine 2 set up a water supply and began attacking the blaze.
The roof had collapsed prior to fire personnel making entry to begin searching the apartments. Hot spots were extinguished as fire crews continued their search of the remaining apartments. The building appears to be a total loss, fire officials said.
Fire officials on scene Monday went around talking to neighbors. They said four apartments had heavy damage and six units had moderate damage.
It took about an hour to get the fire under control and firefighters remained on scene until about 3 a.m. Sunday.
Fort Lee, Prince George and Chesterfield counties jointly responded to the fire. Hopewell’s Fire Station was manned by Prince George and Chesterfield.
The Hopewell Fire Marshal, along with fire marshals from the City of Colonial Heights and Chesterfield County responded to investigate. The cause of the fire remains under investigation and no one was injured.
Prince George Terrace has had problems in the past in addition to the two fires. In February of 2012, sewage problems made some apartments unfit for habitation and residents were moved out.