Crews extinguish fire in vacant building at Eastern State Hospital

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James City County fire crews responded to Eastern State Hospital Sunday, April 9 after a vacant building caught fire. (Courtesy James City County Fire Department)
James City County fire crews responded to Eastern State Hospital Sunday, April 9 after a vacant building caught fire. (Courtesy James City County Fire Department)

James City County firefighters spent several hours at Eastern State Hospital in Williamsburg Sunday evening after an older vacant building caught fire, according to a James City County news release.

Fire crews were called to the scene around 6 p.m. for a report of smoke coming from one of the hospital’s unused buildings, the release said.

The fire broke out in Building 22 on Moncoure Drive, which has been unused for “many years” and is not near any buildings that house patients, the release said.

Over two dozen firefighters extinguished the fire, then worked for several hours to remove smoke from the building, the release said.

No injuries were reported.

The Williamsburg Fire Department and James City Bruton Volunteer Fire Department provided assistance at the scene, according to the release.

Fire crews turned the scene over to Eastern State Hospital Police after the fire was extinguished, James City County Battalion Chief Al Catlett said Sunday.

Catlett declined to say whether officials consider the fire suspicious or accidental, because the incident is under jurisdiction of the Eastern State Hospital Police.