Fire destroys local VFW post
Fire destroyed the Front Royal Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1860 on Saturday afternoon.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Warren County Fire Marshal and Front Royal police.
Fire Chief Richard E. Mabie said in a written statement that firefighters were called to the scene at 1847 North Royal Ave. at 12:59 p.m. after someone reported a trashcan fire.
Mabie said two people in the building escaped unharmed, but two firefighters, one a volunteer from Strasburg and one a paid member of the Front Royal Fire Station 1, were injured and hospitalized.
Mabie estimated the loss of the building could amount to more than $500,000.
“My professional guess is that the building is totally destroyed,” he said in an interview.
Mabie said a heavy fire was already coming from the North Royal Avenue door of the building by the time firefighters arrived.
The fire, which was burning inside the walls and ceiling, later reached the attic and roof, Mabie said.
At that point, the structure was deemed unsafe, and firefighters left the building to assume what Mabie called a “defensive” posture that involved using aerial equipment and heavy amounts of water.
Mabie said firefighters remained at the scene searching for hot spots and flare-ups through Saturday night. The last units left at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Mabie said the most seriously injured firefighter from Front Royal suffered what appeared to be torn knee ligaments. He will be off duty until the damage is repaired and healed.
Mabie said the Strasburg firefighter collapsed from unknown causes. He was treated at the scene and taken to Warren Memorial Hospital, where he was kept overnight for observation.
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