Fire damages Woodstock house

A kitchen fire in Woodstock on Sunday afternoon caused up to $15,000 in fire and smoke damage to a South Main Street home.

Sgt. Zach Hottel of the Woodstock Fire Department said personnel responded to a fire on the 600 block of South Main Street at 1:34 p.m. Sunday.

“When we arrived, there was reports of people trapped,” he said. “We were able to do a search and determined that no one was trapped.”

A department news release states firefighters saw “moderate smoke” coming from the residence, but Hottel said they had the blaze under control within around 15 minutes. He said much of the fire damage was to the kitchen but smoke had damaged three floors of the house. Having ventilated smoke from the house, crews left the scene by around 3:24 p.m.

The Shenandoah County Fire Marshal’s Office is still investigating the exact cause of the fire. Hottel said no one was home when the fire broke out, and residents have been in contact with the Red Cross. He said the fire caused from $10,000 to $15,000 in damage to the building, but the release states it wasn’t a total loss.

The Woodstock Fire Department responded with 14 firefighters, along with personnel from the Edinburg Volunteer Fire Company, Toms Brook Fire Department, Woodstock Rescue Squad, Mount Jackson Fire and Rescue, the Woodstock Police Department, the Woodstock Public Works Department and the Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue.

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