Woman, child escape house fire unharmed

Flames pour out of the second floor window of a home on Stultz Gap Road west of Edinburg on Tuesday. Jake Zuckerman/Daily

EDINBURG – Fire and rescue crews from several area departments responded to a house fire at 175 Stultz Gap Road shortly after noon on Tuesday. No injuries were reported.

The house was a rental property owned by Tony George and rented by Travis Lichliter.

Lichliter declined to comment, but his daughter Taylor Lichliter, who drove to the scene  from work, confirmed that two other residents – a woman and her young child – were inside when the fire started but were able to escape without injury.

Tim Williams, interim chief of the Shenandoah County Fire Department, was on the scene.

“(We have) no word on the cause,” he said. “The occupants are out of the building, so right now we’re just trying to control the fire. … We were told everyone was out.”

Williams also said they “didn’t have any idea” as to the fire’s origin.

Wayne Bowers, chief of the Woodstock Fire Department was also on the scene.

“It’s still under investigation,” Bowers said. “The fire marshal is on the scene as we speak. It’s undetermined at this point. The house is fully lost.”

A combination of fire departments and rescue departments from Toms Brook, Orkney Springs, Edinburg, Mount Jackson, Conicville, Strasburg, Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue and Woodstock responded to the scene.

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