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22 firefighters from 3 local fire departments respond to Williamsburg residential fire

Williamsburg Middle Street fire (February 6)
Williamsburg Middle Street fire (February 6)
Posted at 11:16 PM, Feb 06, 2021

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Firefighters from three local fire departments responded to a multi-family residential structure fire in the 1400 block of Middle Street in Williamsburg Saturday night.

The call came in at 8:45 p.m. The City of Williamsburg Fire Department, the James City County Fire Department, and York County Fire and Life Safety all responded to the scene.

The first unit arrived on scene at 8:49 p.m. Firefighters quickly found smoke in one of the building’s second-floor hallways.

While searching the second floor, crews discovered a kitchen fire that had been extinguished by the building’s sprinkler suppression system in the apartment where the fire originated. Firefighters conducted salvage and overhaul operations in the affected apartment; they found no fire extension found.

Crews did not find smoke or fire on the other floors of the building during their search.

The fire was marked under control at 9:08 p.m.

Water damage affected apartments on the building’s first floor, directly under the apartment where the fire was contained.

Two people have been displaced because of the fire and are being relocated by the apartment complex’s management.

About 22 firefighters were on the initial dispatch of the incident.

The City of Williamsburg’s Community Risk Reduction team is currently investigating the cause and origin of the fire.

No firefighter or civilian injuries were reported.

Fire officials are using this incident to remind people to check their smoke alarms and replace them if they are more than 10 years old, to practice exit drills in their place of residence and to practice safe cooking techniques.

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