Fire destroys Edinburg home

Firefighters work to extinguish hot spots on this Edinburg fire Wednesday afternoon. Rich Cooley/Daily

EDINBURG – Fire destroyed an Edinburg home Wednesday afternoon. The fire’s cause and origin are still under investigation.

Crews from Woodstock Fire Department, Woodstock Volunteer Fire Department, Toms Brook, Edinburg Volunteer Fire Department, Woodstock Volunteer Rescue Squad, Mount Jackson Fire Department and Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue responded to reports of a structure fire at 60 Hillcrest Road around 1 p.m. and saw heavy fire upon their arrival.

Cody Ross, chief of the Conicville Fire Department, served as the fire’s incident commander.

“We were called for a structure fire,” he said. “When I first got here there was heavy fire on the side of the building. When the first fire truck got here, there was fire through the roof. We’ve been doing a defensive operation at this time with multiple lines in service.

The residents of the building, Sue and Jim Kollester, had just moved into the house in January. The house was built in 2016. Sue Kollester said she and her husband were inside at the time of the fire as well as two dogs and two birds. All were able to get out safely.

Firefighters pull down a wall of the home Wednesday afternoon. Rich Cooley/Daily

“Really, the only thing I can say is that we noticed smoke,” Sue Kollester said. “Then the (smoke alarms) in the rooms went off. … We got everybody out. … I was in the dining room, Jim was in the front bedroom. They (pets) were everywhere. … We were so busy trying to get them and the two birds out that we didn’t pay that much attention. We just wanted everything out.”

At the time of this interview, Sue Kollester said the Red Cross hadn’t yet contacted the couple to offer its assistance, adding that she plans to bounce back quickly from the fire.

“You’ve got to roll with the punches and just start over, so that’s what we’re going to do,” she said.

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