Woman transported to hospital after James City house fire

Fire ripped through an Alesa Drive home Thursday afternoon, injuring the lone occupant and significantly damaging the structure. 

A dog also died at the scene, James City County fire department battalion chief Chris Thomas said. 

James City firefighters on other routine business spotted the fire shortly about 1:30 p.m. at the house off of Ironbound road, near Ironbound Park, Thomas said. He said crews extinguished the flames within 40 minutes. 

Emergency responders helped a woman from the front porch of the home and took her to a local hospital because of smoke inhalation, Thomas said. She is in stable condition, according to a fire department news release.

Thomas said she was the only person home at the time.

The home is a total loss, Thomas said, and the woman declined Red Cross assistance.

The fire consumed nearly half of the house, a back wall appeared to be completely gone. Flames were up to the roof line when fire crews arrive, Thomas said. 

The dog was found inside a dog house in the backyard, Thomas said. 

Thirty personnel responded to the scene and remained there for more than two hours. James City was assisted by crews from Williamsburg, Thomas said. 

The cause of the fire is unknown, and fire marshal’s are investigation, according to the release. 

Williams can be reached by phone at 757-345-2341. 

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