One-story house fire displaces family in Edinburg

A fire at a one-story house in Edinburg has forced a family to seek shelter elsewhere.

The fire occurred at the Neff family residence on Massanutten Drive late in the afternoon last Friday.

According to Leslie Hollar, fire chief of the Edinburg Volunteer Fire, they received the call about the fire from a neighbor of the Neff family at 3:03 p.m. Crews from Edinburg arrived at the scene by 3:11 p.m.

Nobody in the Neff family was home at the time of the fire, Hollar said.

“We don’t actually know what caused the fire,” Hollar said.

However, Hollar said that they believe it began in an area near the home’s wood stove.

Most of the interior damage, according to Hollar, was done to the middle bedroom. Hollar said the fire burned a 6-foot by 10-foot hole in the middle of the room.

Hollar said that, outside of the windows, the exterior of the house was not severely damaged. He added that while the actual fire caused “some damage,” the rest of the damage in the house was primarily caused by the heat and smoke.

Due to the smoke damage, the house is not habitable, Hollar said.

With the help of crews from Shenandoah Fire Department, Shenandoah Fire and Rescue, Mount Jackson and Woodstock, Hollar said they were able to extinguish the fire within 30 minutes of arrival.

“Since we were on the scene in such a quick manner, the fire did not have the oxygen to really get going,” Hollar said. “It wasn’t really burning that fast.”

Hollar said the Edinburg department received the call regarding the fire within five minutes of it starting.

Hollar said the fire department offered to contact the Red Cross on behalf of the Neff family, but that they had declined and would be staying with family members in the area.

Contact staff writer Kevin Green at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or

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