Woodstock fire claims shed, part of house

A Thursday evening fire in Woodstock caused roughly $150,000 of damage to a shed and one other home, according to news release from the Woodstock Fire Department.

Sgt. Zach Hottel, of Woodstock Fire and Rescue described the scene, which began playing out at 8:33 p.m. at 65 Cedar Lane to the West of Woodstock.

“When we got there we found that there was a shed where the fire originated that was pretty much fully involved with fire, and some of the surrounding grassland and stacks of wood that were burning and also part of one of the neighboring homes was partially on fire,” he said.

The release estimated that $200,000 worth of property was saved as the result of firefighters’ actions. Crews were able to prevent the fire from reaching a third structure, Hottel said.

“The shed was in between two homes,” he said. “The shed was fully destroyed. One home, which had part of the fire spread to it. It did suffer pretty extensive damage on the exterior wall and the fire also got into the attic, which results in a lot of damage. The other home we were able to stop the fire from getting into.”

There were no injuries in either house.

“Nobody was home,” Hottel said. “The one home that was severely damaged was in real estate hands so it was semi-occupied and the other home that we were able to prevent the fire from reaching was occupied at the time of the fire.”

Several crews responded to the blaze – Edinburg Volunteer Fire Company, Toms Brook Fire Department, Strasburg Fire Department, Woodstock Rescue Squad, Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue, and the Virginia Department of Transportation.

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