Crews battle weather and flames in James City County

Courtesy of Chief Robert Ryalls, James City County Fire/EMS

JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) – Crews faced snow and cold temperatures while battling the flames at a home in James City County early Wednesday.

According to Assistant Chief Robert Ryalls with James City County Fire/EMS, 14 units were called to the 3400 block of Fiddlers Ridge Parkway just after midnight. The fire was initially called in as a chimney fire, but units found the roof in flames at the two-story home when they arrived.

Because of the weather conditions overnight, firefighters were rotated several times.

Ryalls said there was heavy damage to the home’s roof and second floor, and water damage on the first floor. Everyone inside the home was able to get out safely, and waited inside a fire department vehicle to keep warm. Ryalls said two dogs were rescued from the home and brought to the homeowners. The family is now displaced.

No one was hurt, but Ryalls said fire crews dealt with a number of challenges as a result of the snow and cold temperatures. Some equipment froze while they battled the flames because of the water spray, and the ground was slippery but Ryalls said crews were able to move safely. Ground ladder operations, however, were almost impossible because of the slippery conditions.

Investigators said the fire was determined to be accidental.

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