THE NEWS DESKApril 15th, 2012, 3:28 pm
The News Desk is a collection of news, notes and breaking items affecting the Fredericksburg community.
Saturday’s fire in Spotsylvania ruled accidental
A Saturday afternoon fire that destroyed a Spotsylvania County home near the intersection of Orange Plank Road and Chancellor Meadows Lane was accidental, Spotsylvania fire investigators have determined.
Smoking materials left in a can on the back deck of the home caused the blaze, said Phil Sullivan, Spotsylvania’s deputy fire marshal.
The fire at 12812 Orange Plank Road near the Orange County line killed three dogs and severely burned a cat that were inside. The couple who lived there were in Washington at the time of the blaze and came home after a neighbor called them.
One firefighter was taken to Mary Washington Hospital for smoke inhalation, but his injuries weren’t considered serious.
For the second time in a month, three firefighters from the nearest station—Wilderness—could not respond to the blaze because they were dropping somebody off at Mary Washington Hospital, Spotsylvania County Fire Chief Chris Eudailey said Monday. The county is paying firefighters overtime to staff Wilderness and three other rural stations from 6 p.m. Fridays until 5 a.m. Mondays because of a lack of volunteers.
But the overtime pays for just three employees at each station—enough to respond to calls with a fire engine or an ambulance, but not both.
The Wilderness station will be fully staffed 24/7 by November, based on a $4.3 million plan recently approved by the Board of Supervisors.