Firefighters respond to fire at historic Williamsburg tavern


City of Williamsburg Fire Department

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) — Firefighters in Williamsburg responded to a commercial structure fire early Tuesday morning at George Washington’s favorite spot for seafood.

Fire officials say they were notified around 2:19 a.m. for a brush fire threatening a structure in the 100 block of Waller Street, in the Historic Area. Crews arrived on scene within five minutes and quickly extinguished the fire at Christiana Campbell’s Tavern.

No injuries were reported. York County Department of Fire and Life Safety, and James City County Fire Department also responded to the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Colonial Williamsburg issued a statement about the fire at the historic structure:

Early this morning Christiana Campbell’s Tavern in the Historic Area sustained minor damage to the outside of the building due to a fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation, and Colonial Williamsburg’s public safety team is working with Williamsburg police and fire officials in the investigation.

The Foundation is deeply grateful to the Williamsburg Fire and Police departments for their quick and professional response.  Our highest priority is the safety of residents and staff, and their response protected Historic Area residents while also significantly reducing the amount of damage to the building.

Enhanced safety and security procedures implemented throughout the Foundation in conjunction with the City protected the community and limited the fire’s impact.

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