BCFD was called to a two-alarm fire in the 1100 block of Ward Street in Pigtown this morning, at approximately 0600, where they found three vacant homes on fire. The fourth home was occupied, and was severely damaged.
The fourth home was rehabbed by Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake, and is at present uninhabitable. However, there is a silver lining — a few feet away, facing Ostend Street, is another Habitat home, which is empty and ready for the homeowner to move into! I spoke to a Habitat employee who was in a hurry to install blinds into the home so the woman would be able to have some privacy.
It’s not often I get to write about happy endings to sad stories — glad this one turned out well, if a bit scary, for the homeowner.
The fire is believed to have started in one of the vacant homes.
I would like to mention, one of the fire trucks that arrived on the scene is one of the trucks that could potentially be removed from service on the West side, if BCFD Chief Clack has his way. Just think what could have happened if that truck was not available to this community — there may not have been a happy ending to this story, and the responsibility would have fallen on Chief Clack.