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Press Release - Fire Fatality at Apartment Fire - 3-23-03


At 1:16 a.m. this morning (Sunday 3/23/03) the James City County 911 center received a call reporting a smoke detector sounding at the Conway Garden Apartments. While dispatching an Engine Company to the emergency call, more 911 lines began ringing with reports of an apartment fire at 1004 Conway Drive. The callers indicated that a person was trapped in the burning apartment. The incident was upgraded to a structure fire/ with a trapped person. Five Engine Companies, One Ladder Company, and two medic companies responded to the incident. The fire heavily damaged two of the eight apartments in the building. Firefighters did find a woman’s body in a second floor apartment. The name of the deceased woman is not being released at this time, pending notification of the next of kin and confirmation of the identification by the medical examiner. The cause of the fire is under investigation by James City County Fire Marshals; however it does not appear suspicious at this time. The fire was placed under control at 2:10 a.m.


Fire and water damage spread to the apartment below. The occupants of the remaining seven apartments were displaced by the fire. The American Red Cross responded to the scene to assist those residents with temporary lodging. There were no other injuries resulting from the fire. Several pets were safely removed from the affected apartments by firefighters. The Williamsburg Fire Department and a Norfolk Naval Regional Fire Department unit assigned to the Naval Weapons Station assisted James City County units.


Tal Luton
District Chief
James City County Fire Department


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