News in Brief: Morning explosion alarms apartment complex

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March 26, 2010

5:50 AM

An explosion set off a two-alarm fire at a Williamsburg apartment complex yesterday. Four people were taken to local hospitals to receive treatment for burns.

The fire was reported at approximately 6:45 a.m. Williamsburg, York and James City County firefighters helped keep the flames under control.

FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms officers investigated the scene, employing an explosive-sniffing dog from the Yorktown Naval Weapons Station.

Explosion experts focused their investigative efforts on a storage unit below the apartment, noting that it received the most severe damage.

Of the four people taken to Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, three were confirmed to be related. One of the men was transported from Riverside to the burn unit at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital for further care. The man’s wife and young child sustained less severe injuries.

Ten units in the apartment complex have been affected by the fire. The 25 displaced residents will receive aid from the Red Cross and the City of Williamsburg.

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