CHESAPEAKE -- Fire investigators say they cannot determine the cause of a fire that destroyed 5 homes on Monday.
According to Chesapeake fire captain Mike Thibeault, the origin of the fire was the home at 627 Sweet Leaf Place, the home of Kedric and Chasity Pritchett. The blaze started on the second floor or above.
Thibeault said the investigation included interviews with neighbors and examination of photos and video.
Investigators found nothing suspicious and none of the residents were injured.One firefighter suffered minor injuries fighting the huge blaze.
Fire officials say the first calls came in at 4:51 p.m. and crews arrived six minutes later to find the two-story homes engulfed in fire.
A neighbor says no one was at the Kedric home at the time. Melissa Bugno added that Kedric returned home and was able to get inside and rescue the dogs before flames engulfed the home.
The neighbor said she saw flames coming from kitchen early on in the fire.
High winds caused the fire to quickly spread to other homes in the 600 block of Sweet Leaf Place. One of them was vacant.
The fire occurred in the upscale North Trail at the Arboretum development off Green Tree Road, adjacent to Chesapeake City Park.
Donations of money, food or gift cards are being accepted at the neighborhood clubhouse in the North Trail community. Neighbors say it's too early to collect clothing or household items for the victims. Donations may be dropped off at 509 Silk Tree Lane.