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Edinburg home destroyed in fire

By Katie Demeria

A log home in Edinburg was destroyed in a fire Tuesday night, according to Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue Deputy Chief Bill Streett.

Firefighters were called to 1189 Edinburg Gap Road at 10:23 p.m. by neighbors within the vicinity, arriving at 10:36 p.m.

"The house was fully engulfed in fire," Streett said. "It had burned through the roof, which had collapsed into the structure at that point in time. It was deemed unsafe to make entry, so the fire departments concentrated their efforts on containing the blaze so it would not spread."

Those efforts were especially important, he added, due to the wooded area that surrounded the building.

The last unit left the scene at 8 a.m. Wednesday. It had been left there to ensure that no embers dripped into the adjacent woodland areas, Street said.

The building was empty at the time of the fire. The owner, who lives in the Washington metropolitan area, kept the home for recreational use, Streett said, and was able to go on site to assess the damage.

"Part of the challenge, and what delayed units' arrival on scene, was because of the house's remote location," Streett said. "It was not easily marked, so the first units were relying on the neighbors guiding them to the area."

Edinburg Fire Department, Woodstock Fire Department, Mount Jackson Rescue and Fire, Woodstock Rescue Squad and Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue responded to the scene, as did some units from the Sheriff's Office that assisted with traffic control.

Contact staff writer Katie Demeria at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or kdemeria@nvdaily.com

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