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One injured, 11 displaced after Jolly Pond Road assisted living facility gutted by fire

srobertsjr@vagazette.com

One person was injured and 11 displaced after a fire gutted a Jolly Pond Road assisted living facility Wednesday morning.

At about 5:13 a.m. Wednesday, fire crews were called to a structure fire at an assisted living facility in the 2200 block of Jolly Pond Road, according to a James City County news release.

Fire crews arrived at the facility 16 minutes later, and the fire was under control at about 8:40 a.m., the release said.

At 9:27 a.m., a firefighter at the facility said the fire hadn’t been extinguished.

The fire destroyed the facility operated by the Little Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, according to the release.

Ten residents and one staffer were displaced by the fire, according to James City County Social Services Director Rebecca Vinroot.

The facility provided long-term care to multiple people, the release said.

The religious order operates seven other facilities that cater to people in need of long-term assisted living and daycare for the mentally ill and people who are developmental, intellectual and physical disabilities, according to Virginia Gazette archives.

The home on Jolly Pond was the first facility the order opened, according to Virginia Gazette archives.

One resident of the facility had minor injuries and was taken to Riverside Doctors’ Hospital for evaluation, according to the release.

Residents of the facility were transported to other facilities in Greater Williamsburg, the release said.

Fire department officials did not have the exact number of residents displaced by the fire on hand, but they said everyone who was in the building made it out, according to James City County Fire Department spokesman Batallion Chief Al Catlett.

Fire crews from New Kent, James City-Bruton, James City County and York County were at the residence at about 9:25 a.m.

The James City County Fire Marshal’s Office has not determined the cause of the fire yet, and the incident remains under investigation, according to the release.

The Salvation Army, United Way, Williamsburg House of Mercy and James City County Social Services are assisting the displaced residents, Vinroot said.

“James City County is helping with the residents and the staff to make the plan for the individuals,” Vinroot said. “Other community partners have stepped up to meet their basic needs. It's one of those instances where the community is rallying around asking what do they need.”

Roberts can be reached at 757-604-1329 and on Twitter @SPRobertsJr.

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