Fire destroys warehouse, apartment
STRASBURG – Fire destroyed a warehouse and a residence in the same building early Sunday morning.
Firefighters were called to Stone House Floors at 28910 Old Valley Pike at 12:53 a.m. Sunday.
Fire Marshal David Ferguson described the warehouse as “fully involved” by the time firefighters arrived. The fire wasn’t extinguished until about 6 a.m., Ferguson said.
“A lot of effort had to be done outside the building due to safety concerns about a collapse,” Ferguson said.
Two people living in an apartment that was part of the building escaped without harm.
One of them, Kim Horton, is an employee of the business, which is owned by her father.
Horton said she was in bed and her boyfriend was on the couch watching a movie when he heard “something out in the shop popping and cracking and all that, and he knew something wasn’t right, and he opened up the door to the shop, and there was an orange glow. It was already on fire.”
Horton said the couple fled the building and called 911, taking their two pet dogs with them.
Horton said the business remains open. The warehouse was a building separate from the main office and other facilities.
An RV inside the warehouse was among the items destroyed. No damage estimate was available.
“Really, the thing that’s a bummer is the personal belongings and stuff like that,” Horton said of the possessions destroyed in the fire.
Ferguson said the cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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