Dec. 27, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Assistant Chief Robert S. Ryalls, Fire/EMS Public Information Officer
757-565-7603 or 757-876-5051; Bob.Ryalls@jamescitycountva.gov
Structure fire on Maxton Lane in James City County
Thirteen Fire and EMS units of the James City-Bruton VFD, James City County and York County Fire Departments received a report of a structure fire in the 100 block of Maxton Lane at 9:25 a.m. this morning. A police officer arrived on scene at 9:27 a.m. and reported heavy smoke and fire in the rear of the structure.
The first arriving fire units at 9:30 a.m. reported a large two story farmhouse with heavy fire blowing from the rear entrance of the structure. Fire crews entered the structure, encountering heavy smoke and fire with zero visibility, to conduct the primary search and initiate fire extinguishment. The fire crews had to withdraw from the structure until a secure water supply could be established from approximately 1,000 feet away at the intersection of Croaker Road and Maxton Lane. Croaker Road was shut down for several hours due to the hydrant being located on the opposite side of the road from Maxton Lane.
The fire was marked under control at 11:10 a.m. Units remained on the scene to conduct extensive salvage and overhaul operations. Crews continued to search for the missing resident believed to be home at the time of the fire. A deceased victim was located at 12:45 p.m. and is being sent to the Office of the Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death and verify the victim’s identity.
The farmhouse dates to 1900 and served as the Maxton family homestead for which Maxton Lane received its name. The age of the structure, believed to be of balloon construction, contributed to the difficulty in the extinguishment of the fire. The residence suffered heavy extensive fire, smoke and water damage.
The James City County Fire Marshal’s Office, along with the Forensics Division of the James City County Police Department, are on the scene to conduct an origin and cause investigation.