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Early morning fire destroys home, kills pets

Units from the city and Stafford responded to an early morning blaze at 604 Woodford St. off of Fall Hill Avenue in Fredericksburg on Wednesday. (Dave Ellis/ The Free Lance-Star)


A dog and cat died in a fire that badly damaged a home at 604 Woodford St. in Fredericksburg early this morning.

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A man in the home was hospitalized for possible smoke inhalation, and a woman was treated and released, fire officials said.

Deputy Fire Chief Mike Jones of the Fredericksburg Fire Department said units were dispatched around 4:25 a.m. for a reported structural fire.

When units arrived a short time later, Jones said a heavy fire had taken over the right side of the one-story brick rambler-style house.

The flames also reached the home next door at 606 Woodford St. and were burning the siding of that house, Jones said.

The occupants of both homes safely exited and were standing outside, Jones said.

The male occupant of the 604 Woodford St. home was transported to Mary Washington Hospital for potential smoke inhalation, he said. His condition is unknown.

A female occupant was treated at the hospital and released.

“The occupants at 604 did have a dog and cat and both perished in the fire,” Jones said.

The bulk of the fire was extinguished in less than 30 minutes, Jones said.

He said two firefighters suffered very minor injuries due to hot conditions, but will be OK.

An electrical service wire had burned and dropped to the ground creating live wire conditions, he said. Dominion Virginia Power came and disconnected electricity to both of the homes, he said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Jones said he thinks it may have originated in the rear right corner of the converted garage.

According to Jones, the house, valued at $80,000 by the city, “is pretty much a total loss.”

Damage to the house next door is estimated to be about $7,000 – the cost to replace the siding and windows, he said.

The Fredericksburg Fire Department was assisted by the Stafford County Fire Department and the Spotsylvania Rescue Squad.

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