3 dead in fire at Virginia senior center

A firefighter walks at the scene of an apartment fire, Saturday, July 15, 2017 in Chesapeake, Va. A fire at a senior living complex in Chesapeake, Virginia, has injured four people, including a firefighter. The fire happened early Saturday morning at Chesapeake Crossing Senior Community Apartments. Chesapeake Fire Capt. Lawrence Matthews says three residents and one firefighter were taken to a local hospital. (Steve Earley /The Virginian-Pilot via AP)

CHEASPEAKE, Va. (AP) — Fire officials say three people have died after a fire at a senior living complex in Chesapeake, Virginia.

The fire happened early Saturday morning at Chesapeake Crossing Senior Community Apartments.

The Chesapeake Fire Department says six people – including two firefighters – were taken to the hospital with various injuries.

Three of five buildings in the complex caught fire.

Firefighters arrived at 4:41 a.m. to find flames through the roofs of three buildings. Crews from Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Suffolk and Mayock, North Carolina, responded to the fire.

Much of the roofing and upper walls of the buildings collapsed. Smoke could still be seen over the complex Saturday afternoon.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com