City staff from a wide range of departments are continuing work today to support and assist residents impacted by the fire Saturday at Chesapeake Crossings on Robert Hall Boulevard. Human Services, Inspections, Fire, Emergency Management and many other departments are involved in the effort, along with Boyd Homes, the American Red Cross, and other private entities.
RUMOR CLARIFICATION: We understand that a rumor has circulated saying that as many as eight (8) fatalities occurred in the incident. This is FALSE - there were three (3) confirmed fatalities. Names of the deceased have not yet been released, pending notification of family.
DONATIONS: The City is working with the United Way of South Hampton Roads to accept monetary donations. A special fund has been created on the United Way website at UnitedWaySHR.org under the "Donate" tab for those wishing to contribute.
At this time, donations of physical items of any sort are not being accepted. Should this change once additional information regarding needs is determined, an update will be provided.
RESIDENT REUNIFICATION: Family members and friends attempting to locate loved ones may either e-mail RobertHall@BoydHomes.com or call (757) 275-7696 during the hours of 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. While the City and Boyd Homes have information about those persons taken to the emergency shelter and/or ultimately placed in hotels, information about those who left the site directly with family or friends may not be available.
ADDITIONAL UPDATES: As work continues and information about victim longer-term needs becomes available, additional updates will be provided.