Fire - 4360 John Tyler Highway
JAMES CITY COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT
5077 John Tyler Highway
Williamsburg, VA 23185
4 September 2001
On Labor Day, September 3, 2001, the James City County Fire Department responded to a report of vehicle fire at 4360 John Tyler Highway. The call was dispatched at 7:29 p.m. The first arriving unit found a 2000 Ford Explorer burning at that location. 4360 John Tyler Highway is the address for the Five Forks Motel and Campground located just West of the intersection of John Tyler Highway and Ironbound Road. The fire was extinguished by the Engine and Medic unit that responded. One Firefighter received minor burns to his right hand; he was treated and released by Williamsburg Community Hospital. The vehicle was a total loss. The vehicle was insured.
The vehicle, a 2000 Ford Explorer is valued at $19,000.00. The vehicle is owned by Williamsburg Chrysler Jeep & Kia on Richmond Road in Williamsburg. The vehicle is used as a loaner car for the customers of the dealer. The vehicle had been loaned to a Mr. Whitt Whitsitt of 4360 John Tyler Highway, Apartment 2, Williamsburg. Mr. Whitsitt is a 49 year old white male. The James City County Fire Marshal’s office investigated the cause of the fire and determined that it had been intentionally set. Representatives from the James City County Fire Marshals Office assisted by the James City County Police investigated the crime and have arrested and charged Mr. Whitt Whitsitt with a felony, 18.2-81 Code of Virginia “Burning Personal Property. Mr. Whitsitt is currently incarcerated at the Peninsula Regional Jail. No information concerning a possible motive for this crime is available at this time.