Dog, cat perish in James City County house fire

Posted at 11:39 AM, Dec 02, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-02 11:39:24-05

James City County, Va. – Crews responded to a house fire in the 900 block of Foley Drive in James City County on Monday night at 9:43 p.m., according to James City County officials.

York County Fire personnel were the first to arrive on the scene of the fire at 9:48 p.m. Crews found heavy smoke showing from the home and visible fire in the living room of the single story home.

The fire was brought under control at 9:59 p.m.

Firefighters entered the structure to find moderate fire in the living room and heavy smoke throughout the home, officials say.

The entire structure suffered significant heat and smoke damage.

The occupants were not home at the time of the fire. Firefighters discovered one dog and one cat in the home and both had perished.

James City County Fire units remained on the scene until 11:16 p.m. removing debris and checking for additional fire damage. The fire was initially reported by a neighbor and there were no firefighter or civilian injuries.

James City County Fire officials have determined the cause of the fire to be accidental and discarded smoking materials have not been ruled out as a possible cause.

James City County Fire officials have initially estimated the dollar loss at $60,000 to include the property and contents, officials tell NewsChannel 3. James
City County, York County and Williamsburg Fire Departments responded to the fire.

Stay with NewsChannel 3 for updates.