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N E W S   R E L E A S E


Feb. 29, 2012






Deputy Fire Chief Joe Davis

P: 757-565-7604
C: 757-592-6779


Structure fire at 113 Grenelefe in Ford’s Colony


James City County Fire Department and James City-Bruton Volunteer Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire at 123 Grenelefe in the Ford’s Colony subdivision of James City County on Feb. 28, at 7:34 p.m.  First units arrived at 7:40 p.m. finding fire on the exterior wall at the rear of the home. Further investigation revealed fire in the attic space. Considerable time was spent removing smoldering cellulose insulation from the attic. All fire department units cleared the scene at 12:15 a.m. Twenty-eight firefighters responded.


Two adult occupants were at home at the time of the fire. The house is not considered habitable. Three firefighters received minor injuries-no medical attention was required. No other injuries were reported. 


James City County Fire Marshals investigated and determined the fire was caused by hot ashes from a charcoal grill. The ashes were placed in a bag and left on the deck. 


Ashes from grills may retain enough heat for two to three days to re-ignite. It is recommended to place ashes from grills and fireplaces in covered metal containers located away from combustible materials or to completely douse the ashes while in the metal container. 




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