Fire damages Stephens City home
STEPHENS CITY — A fire around 7 p.m. inflicted extensive damage on a house at 425 Westmoreland Drive.
The owner of the house, Gussie Lee, 62, was transported by ambulance to Winchester Medical Center for treatment of smoke inhalation.
Paul Masiello, fire inspector with the Frederick County Fire and Rescue Department, called the damage “significant” shortly after he arrived at the scene. Masiello said the cause of the fire was still under investigation.
Lee’s daughter, Sunshine Burroughs-Kniceley of Lake Holiday, who arrived at the scene about a half hour after the fire began, said her mother “seemed to be OK” despite suffering symptoms of smoke inhalation.
No one else was reported injured.
Lee said she heard about the fire from a cousin who called her as she was picking up her daughter, Reese, 12, from gymnastics practice. Burroughs-Kniceley realized the fire was much worse than she first thought when she arrived and saw the flames.
Burroughs-Kniceley said her mother told her she was sitting in a chair when she noticed smoke.
“The dryer caught on fire and smoke came out of the vents,” Burroughs-Kniceley said.
Burroughs-Kniceley said her mother escaped the fire but her dog “didn’t make it.”
Burroughs-Kniceley said her mother has lived in the home for 20 years.
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