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2 injured in explosion at Va. warehouse

Portsmouth firefighters faced a large boat burning inside the warehouse

By Gavin Stone
The Virginian-Pilot

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Two people were seriously injured in an ‘explosion; Wednesday afternoon in Portsmouth, according to fire officials.

Fire crews responded to a warehouse in the 700 block of Mount Vernon Avenue following a report of an explosion at about 6:23 p.m. When they arrived, there was heavy smoke coming from the doors of the building.

Two people were found inside, fire officials said. They had serious injuries and were taken to a Norfolk hospital for treatment.

Firefighters focused on a large boat inside that had caught fire. The fire was extinguished by 7:02 p.m., according to Portsmouth Fire Rescue and Emergency Services. The building was heavily damaged by fire and smoke.

No firefighters were injured in the incident. The fire is considered accidental, a spokesperson said in a news release.

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