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Candle sparks house fire in Suffolk

 Suffolk, Va. – A fire caused by a candle placed too close to a mattress damaged a bedroom of a Suffolk home early Wednesday morning.

Engines 1 and 2, Ladder 3, Rescue 1, Battalion 1, Medic 2 and Fire Marshal 4 responded to the fire at 2:01 a.m.  The fire was confined to an upstairs bedroom and was quickly brought under control.  No injuries were reported. 

The Suffolk Police Department also responded and the roadway was briefly closed.

The family of 7, including 6 children, were not displaced by the fire.

‘Super load’ may cause traffic delays in Suffolk

Suffolk, Va. – A super load move involving a transformer could cause delays in traffic on Tuesday, November 26, between 9:00 a.m. and noon.

Traffic will be temporarily stopped at the following intersections to allow the truck to turn safely:

Hull Street and Kilby Avenue, Kilby Avenue and Route 13/Carolina Road, Route 13/Carolina Road and Dill Road, Dill Road and Hunter Street, and Hunter Street and Hosier Road, with the transformer ultimately being delivered to the substation at Hosier Road.

The load will measure 18 feet, 8 inches tall, 11 feet, 2 inches wide, 75 feet long, and weigh 421,000 pounds.

There will be police escorts as well as certified front and rear escorts.

Eight people displaced after fire destroys Suffolk home

Suffolk, Va. – Eight people are without a home after fire ripped through a Suffolk home on Wednesday.

Crews responded to the fire at a home in the 1200 block of Lake Kennedy Drive in the Lake Kennedy Estates neighborhood.

Calls came in about the fire at around 5:07 p.m.

When crews arrived, they saw heavy fire and smoke coming from the home.They searched the home and found that everyone was able to get out safely.

They say the home is a total loss. The Red Cross is now assisting the family which includes four children and four adults.

Personal items stolen from vehicles in Suffolk

Suffolk, Va. – Suffolk police are receiving a number of calls from citizens, reporting missing items from their vehicles.

Police say residents making the calls live in the following areas:

Stoney Ridge Avenue; Scottsfield Drive; Pelican View Court; Heather Glen Drive; Leefield Court; Oakglen Drive; Braebourne Court; and Aberdeen Place.

Police reports say the items stolen include sunglasses, a $300 ‘Classic Black’ iPod, 20 CDs, a black Easton book bag, a cell phone, ‘Dr. Dre Beats’ and other electronics.

Anyone with information is asked to please call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.



Family, friends gather to remember slain Suffolk teen

Suffolk, Va. – Family and friends continue to grieve the loss of a Suffolk high school senior.

An emotional vigil was held on Tuesday night outside of King’s Fork High School.

Tear stained cheeks were shown from the glow of candle light as the friends of Denishe-Ya King stood shoulder to shoulder, hoping for answers in a dark time.

“It’s aggravating because you just don’t know what goes through people’s heads. And having her as a best friend, she would always talk to me and tell me we’re going to get through this year, we’re going to graduate, then you’re going to graduate and then I’m going to graduate to go somewhere in life. And she just didn’t have the chance to go somewhere in life,” says Layla Atkins, a friend.

Early Saturday morning, King’s journey ended.

The King’s Fork senior was at a house party on Saint James Avenue.

3,000 pounds of Colombian coffee destroyed in Suffolk fire

Suffolk, Va. – A fire at a Suffolk coffee plant destroyed thousands of pounds of coffee Wednesday evening, officials tell NewsChannel 3.

It happened on November 13, 2013. At 9:58 p.m., Suffolk Fire & Rescue crews responded to a fire at the Massimo Zanetti Beverage plant in the 1300 block of Progress Road. The fire was reportedly in a coffee hopper at the plant.

Crews on scene reported heavy smoke inside the building; 60 employees were evacuated to the nearby Sara Lee facility until the fire was under control, officials say.

The fire was contained to the coffee hopper, and was called under control at 10:54 p.m. Those who had evacuated were permitted to return to the building.

Approximately 3,000 pounds of Colombian Coffee was destroyed in the fire. There were no injuries.

Stay with NewsChannel 3 for updates.

UPDATE: Lane closures in place during Suffolk gas odor investigation

UPDATE: Suffolk Fire & Rescue crews have cleared the scene and crews from Virginia Natural Gas, the Suffolk Public Works Department and another contractor remain while Virginia Natural Gas is performing ongoing repairs, officials say.

The right lane heading eastbound at W. Washington Street and Clay Street remains closed. Flaggers are in place to alternate traffic in this area. S. Saratoga Street from W. Washington Street to Jackson Street remains entirely closed. All other previously affected areas are now open and traffic is flowing as normal.

Suffolk, Va. – Suffolk Fire and Rescue personnel are currently investigating the cause of a gas odor in the downtown area of Saratoga and W. Washington Street after dispatchers received a call at 8:08 a.m.