Fire ravages hunting lodge over the weekend

Warren County Fire and Rescue responded to a structure fire in the Blue Ridge Shadows subdivision at the end of Shadows Drive at 9:24 p.m. Saturday. Owners said the building, which was built in the 1900s, was used as a hunting lodge.

The fire started from an apparent electrical short in the rear wall assembly, according to a fire and rescue department news release, and traveled up the wall and through the second floor storage room. The fire eventually penetrated the attic and flared out the windows.

By the time firefighters arrived on the scene, the two-story structure had fire and smoke pouring from the second floor and roof.

It took just under an hour for firefighters to get the blaze under control. They were able to save most of the first floor, but in total the fire constituted approximately $100,000 of damage, fire department officials said.

No one was injured due to the fire. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Warren County Fire Marshal’s office, and has been ruled accidental by firefighting officials.