Portsmouth crews respond to two-alarm warehouse fire

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - The Portsmouth Fire Department responded to a large warehouse fire in the 4000 block of Seaguard Avenue Thursday.

Photo: News 3's Kim Cung

The call came in at 4:04 p.m. The warehouse belongs to Marine Environmental Services.

While en route to the call, crews reported a large column of smoke could be seen from a distance. Upon arrival fire and rescue units reported that heavy fire was visible through the roof and that there was a possibility the warehouse could collapse.

Crews made an aggressive defensive attack and were able to stop the spread of fire to neighboring buildings and homes. Officials told News 3's Kim Cung that one residential home was evacuated due to a possible exposure to the fire, and those who were in the warehouse were safely evacuated.

One firefighter was transported to the hospital in stable condition. There were no other reported injuries.

The fire was declared under control at 8:00 p.m.

On Friday officials said the cause of the fire was accidental. The fire appears to have started while the occupant was attempting to jump start a forklift with his pickup truck.