Fire burns uninhabited Maurertown house

Fire heavily damaged a home at 870 Burke Hill Road near Maurertown on Friday. The house was not inhabited.   Rich Cooley//Daily

Fire heavily damaged a home at 870 Burke Hill Road near Maurertown on Friday. The house was not inhabited. Rich Cooley//Daily

Several area fire and rescue departments responded to a structure fire at 870 Burke Hill Road in Maurertown on Friday night.

Crews arrived to find the majority of the front of the house engulfed in flames, said Joe Loving, assistant fire marshal for Shenandoah County.

“It started near the front of the house, near the front porch,” Loving said. “The house was not occupied and it had been abandoned for several years. There were no injuries. I don’t know the value loss on the house. Right now the cause is still under investigation.”

Loving said that the responding crews were able to get the fire under control by approximately 11:30 p.m. that night. He said that given the nature of the fire and the building, that containment time is fairly normal. He also said that there were two subsequent rekindlings over the next day and a half or so.

“For a house like that, it is common because of where the fire began. The stability of the second floor was in question. It’s hard to access and get fully extinguished, and because it was abandoned we don’t want to risk getting anybody injured.”

Loving named the numerous fire and rescue departments that responded to the scene.

“Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue, Toms Brook Fire Department, Woodstock Fire Department, Strasburg Fire Department, Edinburg Fire Department, Star Tannery Fire Department and Woodstock Rescue Squad, Strasburg Rescue Squad, Mount Jackson Rescue Squad and Frederick County Fire Marshal’s Office assisted on the case with a canine,” he said.

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

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