Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Residents displaced following separate fires in York and James City counties

A family escaped through a second-floor window and a resident got out safely following separate fires in James City and York counties Thursday morning.

The first fire was reported just after 2:30 a.m. in the 1200 block of Yorktown Road, which is in the Tabb area of York County.

Crews from the York County Department of Fire and Safety along with fire personnel from Langley Air Force Base Fire Department responded to the incident.

Fire officials said crews upon arrival “observed heavy fire conditions from the den area and through the roof of the residence.”

The lone occupant got out safely, fire officials said. No injuries were reported.

There was significant damage to the home – the Red Cross is assisting the resident.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Then at around 3:09 a.m., crews from the James City County Fire Department responded to a house fire in the 2800 Block of Hidden Lake Drive in Rolling Woods.

Fire officials said the occupants were sleeping at the time of the fire and got out through a second-floor window onto the porch roof.

Fire crews with the help of a neighbor helped the family “to safety using ladders.”

The fire was brought under control at 3:43 a.m. – it caused significant smoke and fire damage throughout the two-story home, officials said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Officials said James City-Bruton Volunteer Fire Department, Williamsburg Fire Department and York County Department of Fire and Life Safety assisted.

No injuries were reported.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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