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N E W S   R E L E A S E

Jan. 29, 2014




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

Structure fire on Fiddlers Ridge Parkway in James City County

Photo 1 - Fire Fiddlers Ridge Parkway Photo 2 - Fire Fiddlers Ridge Parkway
Structure fire on Fiddlers Ridge Parkway

Fourteen James City County Fire and EMS units were dispatched to a report of a chimney fire in the 3400 block of Fiddlers Ridge Parkway at 12:01 a.m. this morning. This call was upgraded at 12:04 a.m. to a full structure fire response when the residents reported that the roof was now on fire.

The first arriving fire units at 12:10 a.m. reported a large two story residential structure with heavy fire showing from the roof of the structure. Firefighters quickly began the extinguishment of the fire. Due to weather conditions crews were rotated several times. The structure received heavy damage to the roof and second floor. The first floor received significant water damage. Firefighters were able to place many belongings under waterproof tarps to provide some protection.

All occupants were outside the residence upon our arrival. They were placed inside a fire department vehicle to protect them from the snow and cold temperatures. Two dogs were removed from the first floor early in the operation and taken to the homeowners. The family of four was displaced by the fire.

There were no injuries as a result of the fire. Fire personnel were presented with several challenges from the snow and cold temperatures, which dipped to 16 degrees. Some equipment froze during the operation due to water spray from the firefighting operation. The equipment had to be replaced during operations causing only minor delays. Slippery conditions existed but crews moved safely around the fire ground. Ground ladder operations were almost impossible due to slippery conditions. Crews were rotated to the inside of vehicles for rehab and rewarming.

The fire was marked under control at 1 a.m. Units remained on the scene to conductextensive salvage and overhaul operations. All units cleared the scene at 3:59 a.m.

The James City County Fire Marshal's Office was on the scene to conduct an origin and cause investigation which has been determined as accidental.


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