House demolished in fire
A fire Monday morning at 808 Springwood Lane near Front Royal destroyed a house and sent one firefighter to the hospital with minor injuries.
Chief Richard E. Mabie of Warren County Fire and Rescue Services said firefighters struggled for two hours to bring the fire under control. They remained on scene throughout the day to prevent the fire from reigniting.
The remote location required extra time to “fully mobilize” firefighters and equipment to suppress the blaze, Mabie said in a written statement.
The house’s occupants were visiting relatives out of state, Mabie said.
Mabie said fire crews were dispatched to the scene at 7:39 a.m. and arrived at 7:52 a.m. to find flames engulfing the first and second floors of the large single family home. Mabie said flames had also penetrated the roof.
The cause of the fire has been undetermined and remains under investigation. Mabie estimated the damage at $650,000.
Pamela Jacobson, a neighbor who lives about a half mile away, said she rode her all terrain vehicle over to the fire.
“I walked out onto my deck this morning with my coffee, and I saw this horrific black smoke,” Jacobson said. “There’s a house under construction next door, and I thought they were burning brush, but then my instinct said ‘no, this is something else.'”
Mabie said one firefighter suffering from minor burns was treated at the scene, taken to Winchester Medical Center and returned to work hours later.
Firefighters from Frederick and Clarke counties also helped bring the fire under control.
Fire Marshal Gerry Maiatico said firefighters were able to obtain water from a nearby subdivision hydrant, but the remote site was hard to reach.
“We ran out of water a couple of times because we just didn’t have enough equipment to shuttle or carry water for the demand we were using on the fire,” Maiatico said.
Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call the Fire Marshal’s office at 636-3830.
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