News for 12/09/72
Fire in Chesapeake, Foul Play at the Youth Center?
Fire tore through the Southgate Plaza Shopping Center in the South Norfolk neighborhood of Chesapeake earlier this evening. Though the exact cause of the fire is still being investigated, Chesapeake Fire Marshal Lynn Davis confirmed reports that accelerants were the cause of the fire’s rapid spread.
:Clip of a modest woman, mid 30’s, soot smudging her face as she walks towards her car, looking towards someone off-camera who has apparently just asked a question. In the background, firemen sift through the smoldering wreckage at the center of a long strip mall.:
“Am I saying that this fire was started intentionally? No, we’re still investigating the cause of this fire.
“Maybe you don’t understand, sir, ‘accelerant’ is a fairly broad term. That could have been a store of paint in the backroom that fed this fire.”
The Southgate Plaza Shopping Center has experienced several fires in the past three years, including last year’s infamous St. Augustine Fire, which took the life of Bishop Dylan Jansen. Investigations into the cause of that fire led to the arrest of several prominent Humanis Policlub members in Virginia Beach.
Tonight’s fire appears to have started in the Youth Center and spread from there to an office of Saeder-Krupp’s Dresdner Bank before firefighters could bring the blaze under control. So far, emergency workers have pulled ten bodies from the Youth Center. Lone Star media correspondant, Evie Read, has informed Channel 10 that nine of the bodies are of young women. Anyone knowing anything about the identities of the victims should contact Lone Star’s Chesapeake Operations Center. What so many people were doing at the Youth Center after hours remains unexplained.
Ulrich Diefenbach, of Dresdner Bank, confirmed for Channel 10 that Dresdner Bank does hold a lease in Southgate Plaza and that non of the assets of the company’s clients were endangered by the inferno. Richard Greeley, operator of the Youth Center, could not be reached for comment.