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Warren County Residential Structure Fire

11 December 2017 News

Warren County Fire and Rescue units were alerted to a structure fire at 9:24pm Saturday night at the end of Shadows Drive in the Blue Ridge Shadows subdivision. The fire was located on a farm on the outskirts of the subdivision. It was owned by David Seekford of Headquarters Road, Stephens City.  The fire was discovered by an off duty sheriff’s office employee who lives on Shadows Drive.

First fire units arrived on the scene to find a large, two-story balloon frame residence with fire and smoke showing from the second floor and roof.  Fire had also broken through the second floor windows at the  rear of the structure.  Once a water supply was established, an aggressive attack was made on the fire. Soon after, the fire was brought under control with extensive overhaul.  Firefighting efforts did protect and save most of the first floor.

The structure was built in the 1900’s and the owners said the structure has been used as a hunting lodge for many years.  The cause of this fire is under investigation by the Warren County Fire Marshal’s office and is being ruled accidental from an apparent electrical short in the rear wall assembly.  Fire traveled up in the wall and out into the second floor storage room, until it entered the attic and out the windows, where the fire was seen from the adjoining subdivision. The loss is estimated to be approximately $100,000.

While there were no injuries to firefighter’s, they had to contend with long hose stretches and icy conditions as temps were in the mid 20’s.

The fire was reported under control by 10:22pm.

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