VIRGINIA BEACH - An elderly couple and their dog died when fire swept through their condo early Friday.
The couple, who have not been identified, were found on the second floor of a building at Lynnhaven Beach condos.
'The ironic thing is they were born on the same day, the same time. He was born in Seattle, she was born in Syacuse, NY and here they passed away on the same day,' said Joan Steele, who lived on the floor above the couple.
She said they were in their 80s and had lived at the complex for years.
A third person was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries, investigators stated.
A fire official said some residents tried to alert the victims by pounding on their door. When there was no response, they tried to break down the door, but they had to stop when the fire became too intense.
Steele says she was already out by the time a neighbor went door-to-door to alert residents to the danger.
'I woke up because I heard a banging against the building and I walked down the hall and saw the flames outside the window, went back to grab my robe and then the windows blew in. I heard an explosion and then by the time I walked back down the hall, it was completely in flames,' she described.
The two-alarm fire was under control around 7:00 a.m., about two hours after it started. Twenty-two people were displaced.
Investigators believe it started on the first floor and the second and third floors had collapsed, they added.
Three units were destroyed, including Steele's home.
'It collapsed down so it's just completely, it's just a black hole right now,' she stated.
Firefighters responded to the complex at 2305 Beach Haven Drive after a call came in at 5:19 a.m.
Charlyn Dahilig works at the Starbucks across the street and she says she called 911 when she saw the flames.
ShoreDrive between Great Neck Road and the Lesner Bridge was closed, but all lanes had reopened by 11:15 a.m.