By Nathan Baker
All seven county fire departments converged on Hampton Thursday afternoon to fight an apartment fire that left two couples homeless and injured a fire chief.
Hampton Volunteer Fire Department Capt. Donnie Isaacs said flames were already licking the eaves of the house at 830 Deerfield Lane when the first truck arrived at the scene.
“Most of the upstairs was involved, and the vehicle sitting next to the structure was on fire when we pulled in,” he said. “It looks like the upstairs apartment received most of the damage from the fire.”
Sarah Potter, a resident of the downstairs apartment, said she smelled smoke coming in through an open screen door, and upon investigation, found smoke coming from a recliner sitting outside the home.
“I ran upstairs and knocked on their door; they didn’t know what was going on,” Potter said of her upstairs neighbor. “Then I came back out and called 911. Everything was just so crazy.”
Hampton Fire Chief Johnny Isaacs said the fire appears to have jumped from the chair to an exterior wall, then climbed upward.