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A Williamsburg-James City County Schools bus driver spotted the smoke that led emergency personnel to a single-story house on fire on Old Stage Road on Thursday morning.
Billy Apperson with the James City-Bruton Volunteer Fire Department said dispatchers received the call about smoke coming from 134 Old Stage Road in the Burnham Woods subdivision at 6:24 a.m.
Firefighters arrived on the scene at 6:30 a.m. and had the fire under control within five minutes, Apperson said. Units from the volunteer fire department as well as firefighters from James City and York counties responded.
The cause of the fire is under investigation at this time. The house, which was unoccupied, suffered $180,000 in smoke and heat damage, Apperson said.
Old Stage Road was closed for about 45 minutes while crews worked to put the fire out.