Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Family of four displaced by Merrimac Trail fire

(File photo)
(File photo)

A family of four was displaced by a fire early Thursday morning in the City of Williamsburg.

The Williamsburg Fire Department and York County Fire and Life Safety were dispatched to a structure fire in the 285 block of Merrimac Trail around 1:30 a.m. Thursday, according to a release from the City of Williamsburg.

Units first arrived at the scene at 1:37 a.m. and found light smoke coming from one of the townhouses. By 1:42 a.m., the fire was put out and considered under control.

There were no civilian injuries, but the family of four was displaced from their home.

Approximately 20 firefighters were on the scene and none were injured.

The fire is under investigation by the City of Williamsburg’s Community Risk Reduction team.

The City of Williamsburg in a release warned residents against the danger of failing smoke alarms. To prevent incidents such as this, the City of Williamsburg recommends replacing smoke alarms more than 10 years old and to practice an exit plan with any members of a residence.

Free home safety surveys and smoke alarm installations are available from the City of Williamsburg. For information, to schedule a survey of your home or to install smoke alarms, contact Fire Administration at 757-220-6220.

Alexa Doiron
Alexa Doiron is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She graduated from Roanoke College and is currently working on a master’s degree in English at Virginia Commonwealth University. Alexa was born and raised in Williamsburg and enjoys writing stories about local flair. She began her career in journalism at the Warhill High School newspaper and, eight years later, still loves it. After working as a news editor in Blacksburg, Va., Alexa missed Williamsburg and decided to come back home. In her free time, she enjoys reading Jane Austen and playing with her puppy, Poe. Alexa can be reached at

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