Fire burns Conicville home

Edinburg firefighter Nathan Helsley, left, and Shenandoah County Fire Marshal David Ferguson walk outside this home on Jerome Road in Conicville that was destroyed by fire Tuesday afternoon. Rich Cooley/Daily

CONICVILLE — Fire crews responded to a house fire at 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon and arrived to find a home, located at 68 Jerome Road, engulfed in flames.

Leslie Hollar, chief of the Edinburg Volunteer Fire Company, said that firefighters were able to get the fire knocked down within about 30 minutes.

The residence is home to six people, but only one was home at the time. The resident, a  man confined to a wheelchair, was able to escape with the help of a neighbor.

Michael Wells lives nearby and said he saw smoke from his house.

“I live just up the hill and I saw smoke and got in my off-road vehicle and came down to help,” Wells said.

Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue firefighter/EMT Daniel Rhinehart shovels debris from inside the home. Rich Cooley/Daily

Tim Williams, chief of Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue, said that the resident was taken to the hospital for observation. Firefighters were also able to rescue a cat from the charred portion of the home. Red Cross has been notified to provide assistance to the residents.

Wells said that the fire was in its early stages when he arrived but that it quickly grew.

“It looks like it started on the left side of the house,” Wells explained, noting that he thought that side contained bedrooms, “then it spread to the roof.”

Williams said that the fire’s cause and origin are still under investigation. He said the damage to the structure was “significant” but not necessarily a total loss.

Crews from Mount Jackson, Orkney Springs, Conicville, Woodstock, Edinburg and Shenandoah County worked the scene.

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

Tyler Lonas, captain of Orkney Springs Volunteer Fire and Rescue, looks outside the charred walls of this home damaged by fire. Rich Cooley/Daily

Woodstock firefighter Richard Keel turns the water on to wash down a fellow firefighter outside the scene of this structure fire on Jerome Road in Conicville. Rich Cooley/Daily

Woodstock Volunteer Fire Department Capt. Adam Burner rescues a cat from the house fire. Nathan Budryk/Daily