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N E W S   R E L E A S E

May 7, 2014






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

Structure fire on Hampton Key in James City County


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On May 6 at 2:59 a.m., sixteen Fire and EMS units of the James City County and City of Williamsburg Fire Departments responded to the report of a structure fire in Kingsmill on Hampton Key in James City County. The first arriving units reported a 3,800 square foot, two story residential home with heavy fire showing from the gable end of the attic over the garage.


The Engine crew entered through the front door and proceeded to the second floor and encountered no heat and good visibility upon entry. Upon gaining access to the attic they encountered heavy heat, fire and smoke in the attic space. The fire in the attic was quickly brought under control with a hand-line.


Once the fire was under control and extinguished, aggressive salvage operations were started along with overhaul operations of the fire area. Overhaul operations included interior and exterior overhaul in the area of the attic.
The incident was deemed under control at 3:30 a.m. The remaining time on scene was spent searching for and extinguishing hidden fires and conducting salvage and overhaul. Damages included extensive heat damage to the interior attic, moderate heat damage to the roof, moderate heat damage to the exterior gable end and moderate water damage to the second floor. The last unit cleared the scene at 5:32 a.m. There were no firefighter injuries and no damage to equipment.


The James City County Fire Marshal’s Office was on the scene to conduct an origin and cause investigation which is still under investigation at this time.



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