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Ramada hotel fire considered arson, police seek suspect

Courtesy of the Ramada WIlliamsburg hotel
(Courtesy of the Ramada Williamsburg hotel)

A fire that broke out in the Ramada Williamsburg hotel early Friday morning is being considered an act of arson, according to York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office Lt. Dennis Ivey.

Now police are seeking to identify a suspect or suspects in the fire, which started around 4:20 a.m. in three different areas of the hotel, Ivey said.

The hotel is located in the 500 block of Merrimac Trail in York County and is near Busch Gardens.

With the help of hotel sprinklers, firefighters were able to contain the fire to the conference rooms where the fire originated, although smoke did damage other parts of the hotel, Ivey confirmed.

First responders from Williamsburg and James City County responded to assist with the fire, Ivey said.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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