A Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office deputy was in the right place at the right time on Sunday, helping to prevent a tragedy when a detached garage went up in flames.

Joe Loving, the county Fire and Rescue Department assistant fire marshal, said the deputy was on a routine patrol when he saw a column of smoke rise into the air. The deputy responded to the smoke and found that the garage at 1149 Lakeview Drive in Woodstock had caught fire. The deputy told the residents they were in danger and removed them and their pets before anyone was injured.

Loving said the cause of the fire is still under investigation but it does not appear suspicious. The fire destroyed the garage and damaged the house but, Loving said, the house is repairable, though it is not currently livable.

Winds made the fire difficult to contain, Loving said, as the fire spread from the garage to the house to neighboring homes. Loving did not say whether flames damaged neighboring homes but no one else was evacuated.

Crews from Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue, Woodstock, Toms Brook, Strasburg and Edinburg responded to the fire Sunday evening and had it under control in roughly an hour, Loving said. About 40 personnel responded to the call.

Loving said the Red Cross assisted the residents after the fire. He added the home is repairable but not livable due to the extensive smoke, fire and water damage it sustained.

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