One person injured, three dogs lost in fire
A fire destroyed a two-story duplex at 1365 Robinhood Lane in Front Royal late Wednesday morning.
A woman, one of four family members who lived in the residence, escaped the fire but received minor burns and was treated at the scene for her injuries. She was the only person at home during the fire, which took the lives of three pet dogs.
Fire Marshal Gerry Maiatico said Thursday the cause of the fire remains undetermined.
“We’re still working on that,” Maiatico said of the investigation, adding, “It appears to have been accidental.”
Firefighters were called to the scene at just before 11 a.m. and found flames on the first and second floors.
The fire threatened to spread to a neighboring home but firefighters were able to bring it under control within 20 minutes. Maiatico said the neighboring home received some “cosmetic” exterior damage.
“We believe that house was habitable, and they were able to return to their home after the incident,” Maiatico said of those living next door to the duplex.
Damage to the residence at 1365 Robinhood Lane was estimated at $150,000.
Maitatio said the residents have received help from the Red Çross and been relocated to a motel. He said they did not have renters insurance and “pretty much all of their possessions were destroyed in the fire.”
Fire Chief Richard E. Mabie said in a written statement that the fire is a reminder that “now is the perfect time to check your smoke alarm in your home, discuss fire safety with your family and ensure your home is fire safe.”
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