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N E W S   R E L E A S E


April 2, 2013





Assistant Chief Robert S. Ryalls, Fire/EMS Public Information Officer
O: 757-565-7603; C: 757-876-5051

Structure fire on DeHaven Court in James City County


Thirteen James City County and City of Williamsburg Fire and EMS units responded to the report of a structure fire in the 100 block of Dehaven Court at 10:50 p.m. on Monday, April 1. The initial information reported that the caller could hear a smoke alarm sounding in a neighbor’s apartment with the smell of smoke outside the apartment. In additional information, the original caller indicated that they could not get anyone to come to the door and that smoke was coming from the door.


The first units arrived at 10:51 p.m. and reported a 10,000 square-foot two story multi-family residential apartment complex with light smoke showing from the front door and a bedroom window on the side of the apartment. This building contained 10 occupied apartments. By-standers on the scene immediately confirmed all occupants were out of the fire involved apartment. Fire crews entered the structure, encountered low heat and zero visibility, and conducted the primary search and initiated fire extinguishment. The fire was located and extinguished in a bedroom. Primary and secondary searches were completed with no occupants found. Ventilation was started and adjoining apartments were searched for fire/smoke extension and confirmed that no hazards were found.


The incident was deemed to be under control at 11:07 p.m. Units remained on the scene to conduct salvage and overhaul operations. Damages included moderate heat damage to the bedroom and extensive smoke damage to the fire involved apartment.


The James City County Fire Marshal’s office was on the scene to conduct an origin and cause investigation and determined that the fire was accidental due to an unattended candle. The local Red Cross chapter had representatives on the scene to assist displaced residents of the complex.


Damage estimates are $32,000 to the structure and $10,000 for the contents.


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