Fire damages Stephens City home

Frederick County firefighter Tyler Williams looks over the scene from a ladder on the second story of this home that was destroyed by fire on Mooreland Drive in Stephens City Tuesday evening. Rich Cooley/Daily

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.

Reece Burroughs, 12, left, and her mother, Sunshine Burroughs-Knicely, hug her husband, Derek Knicely, outside the scene of her parent's home that was destroyed by fire on Mooreland Drive in Stephens City on Tuesday evening. Rich Cooley/Daily

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.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com

Frederick County firefighters stand outside the scene of this fire that destroyed a home on Mooreland Drive in Stephens City Tuesday evening. Rich Cooley/Daily

Sunshine Burroughs-Kniceley races to the fire scene Tuesday evening after her parent's home was destroyed by fire on Mooreland Drive in Stephens City on Tuesday evening. Rich Cooley/Daily

Firefighters spray water on the left side of this Frederick County home Tuesday evening after flames broke through the wall. Linda Ash/Daily

Flames shoot from the roof of this two-story home on Westmoreland Drive in Frederick County on Tuesday evening. Linda Ash/Daily

Smoke billows from a house on fire on Westmoreland Drive in Frederick County near Stephens City on Tuesday evening. Linda Ash/Daily

Firefighters pour water on this home on Westmoreland Drive in Frederick County near Stephens city Tuesday evening. Linda Ash/Daily

Firefighters pour water on this home on Westmoreland Drive in Frederick County near Stephens city Tuesday evening. Linda Ash/Daily

Firefighters pour water on this home on Westmoreland Drive in Frederick County near Stephens city Tuesday evening. Linda Ash/Daily

Firefighters pour water on this home on Westmoreland Drive in Frederick County near Stephens city Tuesday evening. Linda Ash/Daily

Firefighters pour water on this home on Westmoreland Drive in Frederick County near Stephens city Tuesday evening. Linda Ash/Daily

Two vehicles are parked near a home that caught fire Tuesday evening on Westmoreland Drive in Frederick County. Linda Ash/Daily

Firefighters pour water on this home on Westmoreland Drive in Frederick County near Stephens city Tuesday evening. Linda Ash/Daily