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Merrimac Trail fire affects three apartments; 12 people displaced

Firefighters responded to a structure fire on Merrimac Trail Friday morning. (Courtesy photo/Larry W. Snyder, Jr.)
Firefighters responded to a structure fire on Merrimac Trail Friday morning. (Courtesy photo/Larry W. Snyder, Jr.)

A dozen people and four pets were displaced by a fire early Friday at a Williamsburg apartment complex.

Smoke was coming from the front of the building when firefighters arrived in the 400 block of Merrimac Trail shortly after 5 a.m., according to the City of Williamsburg.

Units from the City of Williamsburg Fire Department, York County Fire and Life Safety Department and James City County Fire Department responded to the fire. Seventeen firefighters responded in all.

The fire originated in the exhaust fan of a bathroom in one of the apartments, the city said. While the fire was confined to the bathroom’s ceiling, smoke affected three other apartments.

Crews arrived on scene at 5:19 a.m., and the fire was under control within 6 minutes, the city said.

The staff of the apartment complex is working to help those who were displaced by the fire, the city said.

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