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Person in critical condition following apartment fire in Yorktown

Crews responded to the fire call at Grafton Station Apartments Piccadilly Loop in Yorktown just before 8 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. (WYDaily/Courtesy of York County Fire and Life Safety)
Crews responded to the fire call at Grafton Station Apartments Piccadilly Loop in Yorktown just before 8 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. (WYDaily/Courtesy of York County Fire and Life Safety)

York County Fire and Life Safety officials said an occupant of an apartment unit was taken to a local hospital in critical condition following a fire Sunday morning.

Crews responded to the fire call at Grafton Station Apartments on Piccadilly Loop in Yorktown just before 8 a.m.

There was light smoke and fire in a first-floor apartment when firefighters arrived, according to a news release from York County Fire and Life Safety.

Crews entered the apartment and found one occupant, who was rescued and taken to Riverside Regional Medical Center in critical condition, authorities said.

The fire was quickly extinguished and adjacent apartments were checked to verify that there was no fire extension. Newport News Fire Department assisted York County crews.

An investigation is underway to find out what caused the fire and where it started.

The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office assisted with traffic control and is helping York County Fire and Life Safety personnel with the investigation.

Information on the condition of the occupant was not immediately available.

John Mangalonzo
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John Mangalonzo (john@localdailymedia.com) 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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