July 25, 2023

UPDATE: 3-Alarm Commercial Structure

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (July 25, 2023) - The Virginia Beach Fire Department's Fire Investigators have completed their investigation and have determined the origin of the single-story structure, three-alarm fire in the 2600 Block of Atlantic Ave. that destroyed three businesses on July 11, 2023, burned in the void space just below the roof which runs the whole length of the structure. The determination was a joint effort with insurance investigators. However, the direct cause of the incident is undetermined and is being classified as accidental. Clean-up and future plans for the site are the direct responsibility of the property owners.


More than 75 Virginia Beach Firefighters Respond to 3-Alarm Commercial
Structure Fire – T-Shirt Factory

VIRIGNIA BEACH, VA. (July 11, 2023) – On July 11, 2023 at approximately 17:16:40, Virginia Beach Fire crews were dispatched to the 2600 Block of Atlantic Avenue. When crews arrived, they observed heavy smoke coming from a single-story structure, the T-Shirt Factory. More than 75 firefighters responded to the three-alarm commercial structure. The fire quickly spread to two adjoining businesses: the Maple Tree Pancake & Waffle House and King of the Sea Restaurant. All occupants of all three businesses were accounted for and safe. As a precaution, cars were removed from side streets near the incident to keep them from becoming damaged.

One firefighter was transported to hospital with a burn injury. No other injuries were reported to civilians or pets.

As part of our Mutual Aid Agreements, units from Chesapeake, Norfolk and Navy Region were called to backfill stations that were dispatched to the Atlantic Avenue incident. The fire was marked under control at 21:05:38 and marked out at 10:45:00

Origin and cause of fire are currently under investigation.

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