Fire destroys resort’s pool house

Warren County Fire and Rescue Chief Richard A. Mabie walks inside the burned-out pool house at North Fork Campground on Tuesday morning. Rich Cooley/Daily

FRONT ROYAL — Crews responded to an early morning fire Tuesday at the North Fork Resort, a campground in Warren County.

Fire departments arrived to see the resort’s pool house fully involved, said Zach Burrows, a lieutenant with Warren County Fire and Rescue.

“We were dispatched to a structure fire with flames showing at the pool house,” Burrows said. “It took about an hour to an hour and a half to extinguish. (We’re) still working on hot spots. The fire’s being investigated by the Fire Marshal’s Office.”

Burrows said the fire, which burned down all of the pool house, is still under investigation.

John Barnes is the resort’s manager. He said he didn’t know much of the circumstances surrounding the blaze, which was called in by a campground security guard.

Strasburg firefighters Jesh O'Connor, left, and Fabian Sosa battle the exterior blaze at North Fork Campground's pool house. Rich Cooley/Daily

“It was just called into me this morning at about 6:15,” Barnes said. “My security said that the pool pavilion was on fire so I came over about 6:30 and several fire departments were already battling the blaze. It was fully engulfed and within about 20 minutes it was gone.”

Barnes said he didn’t know what could have caused the fire, saying that nobody had been in the building for a few days.

“Nobody had been in the building since Saturday night when we had bingo,” he said. “I don’t know why it happened. We did have a grocery man who came and delivered groceries this morning and it happened about 10 minutes after he left. He said he didn’t see anything or hear anything unusual.”

Barnes explained the many purposes the building served.

“It’s a community hall that we use for bingo, owners’ meetings and owners’ events. Inside it was a game room on one side and our maintenance shop was in the bottom and we had a little cafe on one side.”

A ladder truck from North Warren Volunteer Fire and Rescue pumps water on the pool house. Rich Cooley/Daily

Chief of Warren County Fire and Rescue Richard Mabie updated the Warren County Board of Supervisors about the fire at its work session Tuesday.

“It ended up being a total loss,” Mabie said. “(We have) no idea how it started yet. They’re still putting out hotspots and so forth and probably will be (for some time). Delayed notification for whatever reason. When the first unit got there from Front Royal, the roof was caving in so it was what we call defensive operations from the beginning. Hopefully they have insurance.”

Fire Marshal Gerry Maiatico explained the age of the structure.

“The 50s was (when) the original portion of the structure (was built). I believe it’s under-insured.”

Barnes said that the building has undergone several additions and add-ons throughout the years, but he put the building’s age at 25 years.

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


Warren County Fire and Rescue Lt. Dath Burrows, left, and Capt. Raymond Cross look over the damage outside North Fork Camp Resort's pool house following a Tuesday morning fire. Rich Cooley/Daily

 

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Warren County Fire and Rescue chief Richard A. Mabie stands with a group of firefighters inside the gutted pool house. Rich Cooley/Daily

Warren County Fire and Rescue Capt. Raymond Cross operates a ladder pipe above the fire. Rich Cooley/Daily

Brandon Licaldi, a Front Royal Fire Department firefighter, looks for hot spots inside the pool house on Dec. 13. Rich Cooley/Daily

Smoke lingers behind North Warren's ladder truck at the scene Tuesday morning. Rich Cooley/Daily

A pair of pickup trucks were damaged by debris during the fire. Rich Cooley/Daily

Firefighters stand outside the clubhouse at North Fork Campground Tuesday morning while a ladder truck from North Warren Volunteer Fire and Rescue department pours water on the smoldering remains. Rich Cooley/Daily

Warren County Fire and Rescue Capt. Raymond Cross, left, and career firefighter Harold Feldhauser extinguish smoldering debris. Rich Cooley/Daily

A firefighter throws water as crews overhaul the fire scene Tuesday morning. Rich Cooley/Daily

Strasburg firefighters Jesh O'Connor, left, and Fabian Sosa battle the exterior blaze at North Fork Campground's clubhouse Tuesday morning. Rich Cooley/Daily

Warren County Fire and Rescue Lt. Fred Reynolds carries his gear away from the fire scene. Reynolds is assigned to Rivermont Fire Department. Rich Cooley/Daily

Warren County career firefighter Aaron Miller drags a hose line outside North Warren's fire apparatus Tuesday morning. Rich Cooley/Daily