CHESAPEAKE, Va. — A Chesapeake firefighter was injured Saturday night following a major fire at a storage unit facility, officials said. Dozens of units were damaged in the blaze.
Firefighters were dispatched around at 9:48 p.m. to Extra Space Storage at 3264 S. Military Highway.
Crews found heavy smoke coming from multiple storage units.
Officials said firefighters entered the "corridors of the storage facility to force entry into the interior storage units."
Crews were faced with extreme temperatures and heavy fire conditions. By Sunday afternoon, crews were still fighting the fire to bring it under control.
"It was very chaotic," said witness David Debord. "I mean, you thought it was like the 4th of July with all the lights blinking."
More than 100 individual storage units were affected by the fire.
Storage unit owner Theresa Yaeger said she wasn't sure if her unit was affected.
"I'm just heartsick," said Yaeger. "I’m sorry for the people who lost stuff, but my Snoopy stuff. I have like a thousand items of Snoopy stuff in my collection."
Another storage unit owner said she was wondering if the fire spared her things, like a high school yearbook and gifts from friends.
"I have a feeling it has, but it's material things," said Ivy Bond. "I'll be alright."
One firefighter was taken to Chesapeake Regional Medical Center for minor injuries. He was released and is expected to make a full recovery.
Firefighters are working with heavy equipment provided by the Department of Public Works to assist in removing the large amounts of fire debris.
The fire wasn't brought under control until 3:30 p.m. Sunday, with it being completely extinguished by 5 p.m.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but at this time, it is not considered suspicious.
According to the Chesapeake Fire Department, management is working with customers to determine the full extent of property and content loss.