The following is a letter to the residents of Ghent from Norfolk Fire-Rescue Public Affairs Officer, who is also a GNL Board Member and is in charge of the Sector Rep. Program for the GNL.
Boissevain Avenue Fire
As one of your board members and a member of Norfolk Fire-Rescue I would like to share some information about the fire on Boissevain Ave.
In the early morning hours of Sunday morning, August 15th , a fire was set at 617 Boissevain Avenue. This fire destroyed the building and severely damaged 615 Boissevain Avenue. This fire has touched many lives on that block of our neighborhood. It has disrupted the quite rhythm of the street because of the firefighting and now the clean up of the debris.
There have been several rumors and other information that has been spread about the fire and I would like to give you the official information that we know. Norfolk Fire-Rescue investigators are hard at work to catch the individual that started the fire. There have been several credible leads that the investigators are following. The details as to what the investigators are looking for and where the fire is thought to have started have not been released. We don’t routinely release details about a fire during the investigation phase because it can harm the case. Please know that they are working hard to solve the arson crime. When I have more details to release I will try to share them with you.
The investigators would also like for you to know that if you have any information please call 1-800-LOCK U UP. You don’t need to give your name and there could be a reward.
We are all part of the neighborhood and as such need to watch out for each other. If you notice anything unusual or persons who don’t fit into the normal patterns of the neighborhood call Norfolk Police to have it checked out. Our community resource officer has asked that we take special care to insure that our vehicles are locked when we aren’t in them. Most of the items stolen from cars in the last couple of months have come from unlocked cars. Please know that if you leave a GPS device visible in a car it is like an invitation to have your car broken into.
Battalion Chief, Public Affairs Officer
GNL board member