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Officials: Lightning strike suspected cause of damage at fire station

A small fire broke out on the station's roof, causing smoke and water damage

By Jimmy LaRoue
The Virginia Gazette

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — A suspected lightning strike was the cause of a fire to a rooftop air conditioning unit around 4:15 Wednesday at the Williamsburg fire station at 440 North Boundary Street, according to a news release.

Most of the fire department's personnel were out of the building on a separate call when the fire started, the release stated.

The Williamsburg Fire Department returned to the station and with assistance from James City and York county fire departments, had the fire under control in about 15 minutes, the release stated, and there were no injuries.

The extent of the damage is being assessed, but the station sustained smoke and water damage, according to the release.

Because of the separation of the air conditioning units, the damage was contained to the living quarters of the station, and the administration and apparatus bays were not affected, the release stated.

The city and the department are making arrangements to house displaced personnel on-site in the unaffected areas, and the department says fire service, including response times, will not be affected.

Copyright 2017 The Virginia Gazette

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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