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Spotsylvania house collapses after Sunday fire

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Part of a house in Spotsylvania County collapsed Sunday afternoon as firefighters tried to contain a fire that began in a parked ATV.

The fire broke out in the 8300 block of Canteen Circle, off River Road. At about 1:30 p.m., a call came in about an all-terrain vehicle on fire in front of a garage. The first crews were on the scene about 10 minutes later, said Matthew Embrey, acting battalion chief.

Once there, they found fire showing from the garage and side of a two-story house. The garage, roof, and second floor became engulfed with fire, and it was unsafe for emergency crews to enter.

Instead, firefighters mounted a defensive attack, meaning they doused the exterior with water. Part of the house collapsed shortly thereafter. The fire was under control just before 4 p.m. No one was injured.

The fire caused significant damage to the ATV, house, a truck and a pull-behind trailer home, Embrey said. A dollar amount on the damage hadn’t been determined yet. The fire marshal said the fire started in the ATV and then quickly spread.

Thirty-eight personnel were on scene, dispatched from Spotsylvania County Fire & Rescue, Chancellor Volunteer Fire & Rescue, Spotsylvania Volunteer Fire & Rescue and a tanker via a mutual aid unit from Lake of the Woods. Five engines, two ambulances, six tankers, two support units and three chiefs were there.

Embrey said it’s important to practice EDITH (Exit Drills at the Home) and to call 911 once outside. He reminds families not to go back inside a burning building.