Summit Ave Fire Burns Through Roof, Porch
October 31, 2019
FRONT ROYAL – A fire caused considerable damage to a home at 116 Summit Ave. in Front Royal late Tuesday night.
Warren County Fire and Rescue services were dispatched to the Summit Ave. home around 10:30 pm on Oct. 29. They arrived to find a single story home burning from the inside, and emitting flames and smoke through a hole in the center of the roof. The exterior of the home, a walk out basement, had shown that the blaze began there. It then extended to the first floor of the home and through the roof. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire in the back of the home and worked their way up to the covered porch. They eventually tried to enter the home and work on the fire from the interior, but would have to withdraw due to the condition of the blaze and the standing of the home. The interior was full of combustible household materials that made the work zone unsafe.
Eventually, fire and rescue services used an elevated master stream to put out the fire from the exterior of the home. It took over one-and-a-half hours to put out the blaze, and firefighters remained on the scene until early Wednesday morning to make sure the area was safe enough.
“This incident serves as a reminder for each of us to check our smoke alarms,” Fire Chief Richard Mabie said in a press release. “Make sure there is a working smoke alarm on every level of your home. Test your smoke alarm batteries every month and change them at least once a year.”
The sole occupant of the home escaped the fire before suffering any injuries, and will be displaced from the home due to the damage and environment. No suspicious activity is suspected in causing the fire, but the actual cause remains under investigation by the Warren County Fire Marshal’s Office.
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