'Football field sized' fire in James City County injures 1

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Fire at The Farm in CroakerPhoto byJames City County FD

Multiple fire departments banned together to help tackle a blaze that James City County Fire Dept. described as “football field sized.”

According to James City Fire, at around 8 a.m. yesterday, a 911 call came in from a business in the Croaker area known as The Farm reporting a fire on its property.

Firefighters arrived to find that a football field-sized area heaped with cut trees, logs and other debris had caught fire.

Due to the location of the fire, no fire hydrants were accessible, James City Fire explained. Water tanker trucks from its department along with those from York County, New Kent County, and Abingdon Fire Departments worked together to shuttle water to the site from the James City County Library on Croaker Road.

Because tanker trucks were using the library as a refill site to refill the tanker trucks a portion of the library’s parking lot was closed.

The Williamsburg Fire and Camp Peary Fire Departments also came to the scene and provided assistance.

Excavator amid the blazePhoto byJames City County FD

An excavator that was being used at The Farm could not moved in time and was a total loss James City Fire reported. One civilian was also injured and had to be transported for treatment, the Dept. reported but did not specify the extent of the injuries.

After the fire was contained, James City Fire said some units stayed at the scene for a time to prevent further spread.

The Farm is where the concrete president busts from are located now that Presidents Park in Williamsburg are closed. The busts were not positioned within the football-sized area where the fire was burning.

The president heads before the park closedPhoto byA Currell (CC2.0)

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