A fire forced several people to flee a Warren County home on Friday morning.
Emergency crews responded to a structure fire in the 100 block of Heights Lane in the Shenandoah Farms area of the county just before 5:30 a.m., Fire Marshal Gerry Maiatico said by phone Friday afternoon. A person who called the emergency dispatch center reported a fire on the deck of the house, Maiatico said.
As crews arrived, a caller told dispatch that the occupants had evacuated the residence but that the fire started to spread into the home, Maiatico said. Firefighters found the deck fully engulfed in flames and discovered the blaze had spread throughout the home and into the roof, Maiatico said.
“The occupants of the home were able to verify that everybody had self-rescued before the fire departments’ arrival,” Maiatico said.
None of the three occupants of the house at the time of the fire nor any responders reported injuries, Maiatico said. Several ducks in the deck area perished in the fire, he added.
The occupants refused assistance from the local American Red Cross and said they had family in the area, Maiatico said.
A limited number of firefighters arrived on the first vehicle to the scene, so the responders attacked the blaze from outside the structure, Maiatico said. Once enough firefighters arrived, crews assembled and entered the structure to attack the fire from the inside of house.
Firefighters brought the fire under control in about 40 minutes, he said.
“The fire did, in fact, render the house uninhabitable and caused a significant amount of damage to the home,” Maiatico said. “(Cost) estimates were not calculated at this time.”
The Warren County Fire Marshal’s Office continues to investigate the incident. The investigation revealed that the fire started on the deck and officials eliminated any incendiary causes for the fire.
Crews from stations in Shenandoah Farms, Linden, Front Royal, Rivermont, Chester Gap, Shenandoah Shores and North Warren responded to the fire. Agencies received mutual aid from the fire stations in Middletown and Fauquier County.
“Due to the remote location of the home, additional resources were requested to shuttle water from Morgan Ford low-water bridge (over the Shenandoah River) to the fire incident,” Maiatico said.