Fire damages Warren County home

Fire and rescue crews from Warren County responded to a call for a structure fire early Tuesday morning at 100 Mountain Lake Drive in the Shenandoah Farms neighborhood in Warren County, according to a news release from the fire department.

The first call came in at 8:30 a.m. and crews arrived on the scene at 8:38. The initial call indicated a bedroom that was on fire in a residential structure. Upon their arrival, firefighters saw moderate smoke emanating from the windows of the structure’s basement. Units began performing an “aggressive interior attack” aiming to contain the fire to a bedroom located in the basement. After 10 minutes, the fire was brought under control, with overhaul taking another hour and a half. According to the release, the bedroom had extensive damage with heavy smoke damage in the rest of the basement as well. The upstairs had moderate smoke damage. The damage was estimated at $75,000.

The home’s owner and occupant, Alice Huff, was inside at the time of the fire, as was her mother.  Huff’s husband, mother and daughter also live in the house. Seven pets were also inside at the time. Two of the dogs were able to escape with the occupants and another was rescued and revived by firefighters. According to the release, two cats were killed and two were unaccounted for and were believed to have escaped with occupants.

Investigators are considering the fire to be an accident but are still investigating. No firefighters were injured.

Engine companies 6, 4 and 1, tankers 5 and 9 and rescue 10-chief 100 responded to the first alarm, with assistance provided by tanker 8 and volunteer fire company 4 from Boyce.

Contact staff writer Nathan Budryk at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or nbudryk@nvdaily.com