CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WVEC) -- More than half of the people who lost their home in a Chesapeake apartment fire on July 15th now have somewhere permanent to stay.
Now, the community is stepping up to help those families.
Several Chesapeake restaurants are donating a portion of proceeds to the United Way of South Hampton Roads to benefit the victims of the fire at the Chesapeake Crossing senior apartments.
Chesapeake Crossing Apartments, along with several other organizations are working to get the remaining families inside homes.
The president of Boyd Homes, David Rudiger told 13News Now victims in 86 apartments have been re-located into permanent homes. They still have several more people to move into apartments, which they plan to start Tuesday afternoon.
Investigators determined that lightning was the cause of a 4-alarm fire that set the senior-living apartment facility on fire, killing three people, injuring six more, and leaving about 150 residents without a place to stay.
One of the people killed was 61-year-old Cynthia Martenis.
The fire started Saturday around 4:30 a.m. Three of the five buildings went up in flames, and left others with significant amounts of damage.
The buildings where residents died did not have a fire alarm system. The buildings were constructed in the early 1990s, before the fire code required them.
City officials said that if people would like to make a monetary contribution to help survivors of the fire, they can make it to United Way or Red Cross.
The following businesses will be donating proceeds to the victims:
BAKER’S CRUST will donate 10% of meal sales. Baker’s Crust is at 1244 Greenbrier Parkway, Chesapeake. Call 757-547-2787.
THE CUTTING EDGE CAFE will donate 10% of meal sales. The Cutting Edge is at 1434 Sams Drive, Chesapeake. Call 757-389-5754.
LOCKSIDE BAR AND GRILL will donate 10& of dinner sales. In addition, local favorite musician Lewis Mcgehee will perform Thursday, July 29 from 7-10 p.m. Lockside is at 200 Battlefield Boulevard, Chesapeake. Call 757-410-5999.
OFF THE HOOK SEAFOOD RESTAURANT will donate 10% of dinner sales. Off the Hook is at 500 Battlefield Boulevard, South, Chesapeake. Call 757-421-3313.
TASTE will donate 10% of lunch sales. TASTE is at 717 Eden Way, Chesapeake. Call 757-424-4583.
VINO ITALIAN BISTRO will donate 10% of dinner sales. Vino is at 138 S. Battlefield Blvd., Chesapeake. Call 757-277-9081.