Fire at Merrimac Trail Apartment Complex

Upon arrival, firefighters found fire coming from this third-story balcony. (Christine Sampson / July 4, 2014)

WILLIAMSBURG - Six people, potentially more, have been displaced by a blaze that did serious damage to an apartment complex on Merrimac Trail early Friday afternoon.

Firefighters responded just before noon to Merrimac Crossing in the 100 block of Merrimac Trail to find heavy smoke coming from a third floor apartment, according to Eric Stone with the Williamsburg Fire Department.

"They entered a third floor apartment and found heavy fire protruding from the third floor, out a balcony and rolling up to the roof," he said. 

The fire was brought under control at 12:45 p.m., Stone said, noting wind caused problems as firefighters worked to knock down the flames. No one was injured. Firefighters also rescued two guinea pigs. 

Stone said the fire affected one unit of the apartment complex, which houses 12 apartments. As of 1 p.m., six people, including some children, were displaced and are being assisted by Williamsburg Human Services and Red Cross.

Units from Williamsburg, James City and York County responded. Firefighters remain on scene checking for hot spots and evaluating the damage to the building.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Sampson can be reached at 757-345-2345.