Child hospitalized, family of 5 displaced after fire tears through Williamsburg home

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A fire tore through this home in the Skipwith Farms neighborhood of Williamsburg Wednesday morning, displacing a family of five. (Courtesy Larry Snyder)
A fire tore through this home in the Skipwith Farms neighborhood of Williamsburg Wednesday morning, displacing a family of five. (Courtesy Larry Snyder)

Update 10:45 a.m.: According to Williamsburg Deputy Fire Chief Larry Snyder, the male adult who was hospitalized with injuries from Wednesday’s fire has not yet been discharged. Snyder did not know if the child, a female, had been discharged as of 10:40 a.m. Wednesday. Preliminary investigation revealed closed bedroom doors were likely a factor in controlling the spread of fire, allowing the family to escape the home, he said. 

A child and an adult were hospitalized and a family of five displaced after a fire tore through a Williamsburg home early Wednesday morning.

According to a news release from the city, the Williamsburg Fire Department, along with James City County and York County Fire Departments, responded to a report of a residential structure fire at the 200-block of Tyler Brooks Drive in the Skipwith Farms community around 2:19 a.m. Wednesday.

Crews arrived on the scene seven minutes later and found one victim who required immediate medical attention outside the residence. The house was engulfed in smoke and a fire burning inside was extinguished by crews, the release stated.

Fire damage to a home in the 200-block of Tyler Brooks Drive in Williamsburg. (Courtesy Larry Snyder)
Fire damage to a home in the 200-block of Tyler Brooks Drive in Williamsburg. (Courtesy Larry Snyder)

A family of five was displaced as a result of the fire. An adult and a child were hospitalized, the release stated.

The fire was marked “under control” at 2:44 a.m.

Williamsburg Deputy Fire Chief Larry Snyder said the fire Wednesday serves as a reminder that every resident should have a working smoke alarm. He said residents should contact their local fire department if they need assistance installing an alarm or have any questions about fire safety.

The cause and origin of the fire is under investigation by the City of Williamsburg Community Risk Reduction, in conjunction with the James City County Fire Marshal’s office.

This post will be updated as more information becomes available.