Friday, January 27, 2023

VIDEO: Fire destroys long-term care facility run by African nuns

A fire Wednesday morning destroyed a long-term care facility on Jolly Pond Road, according to the James City County Fire Department.

Fire crews were dispatched to the 2200 block of Jolly Pond Road at 5:13 a.m. after a fire was reported at the Little Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi facility, which is run by African nuns to help those physically and mentally disabled, according to the organization’s website.

Units arrived there at 5:29 a.m. to find fire coming from the second floor of the residence, fire officials said. JCC Fire was assisted was assisted by the James City-Bruton Volunteer Fire Department, West Point Volunteer Fire Department, New Kent Fire Department and the Navy Mid-Atlantic Region.

Residents of the Little Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi were relocated to other facilities in the area and one resident was evaluated at Riverside Doctors Hospital after reporting a minor injury.

The fire was under control by 8:40 a.m. but the cause has not been determined by Fire Marshal’s Office as of 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Alexa Doiron
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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