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Update 6:50 p.m. Sunday: Virginia State Police are leading an investigation into a helicopter crash in Williamsburg.

The helicopter crashed into a residential building in the 1100 block of Settlement Drive in Bristol Commons Sunday afternoon, starting a fire in one 10-unit building, state police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said.

Police responded to the emergency call at 4:42 p.m., Geller said.

“At this time, state police with the assistance of Williamsburg Police are still assessing the scene to determine what injuries, if any, have occurred and to identify the type of aircraft,” Geller said.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Flight Administration were also on their way to the scene at 6:50 p.m.

The article goes on to state the following:

Several witnesses on scene said they saw a helicopter in distress in the area shortly before hearing sirens.

Paul Leslie, who lives in a building near the location of the crash, said he heard a helicopter “come overhead” that “basically didn’t sound right.”

He witnessed the helicopter crash into one of the buildings in Bristol Commons, heard an explosion, then saw the fire start, he said.

“Everybody here responded very quickly to get people out of the building,” Leslie said.

Leslie believes there are 10 apartments in the building, and he and others banged on all the doors of all the apartments to make sure people were out of the building.

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