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Another Spotsylvania home catches fire
A Spotsylvania County home near Todds Tavern caught fire at about 7 this morning—making it the county’s eighth house fire this month.
A woman safely exited the home on McKinney Court, county Fire Chief Monty Willaford said. He said she heard a pop and then saw “haze” before a smoke alarm sounded.
Three firefighters suffered minor shoulder injuries from falling debris, Willaford said. Another had what the fire chief called “light hypothermia.”
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Willaford said firefighters had the blaze under control in about an hour. The majority of the fire was in the attic, he said. “Once it got in the attic, it spread horizontally pretty fast and actually burned through the roof,” Willaford said.
It’s unclear what caused the blaze, though Willaford said the fire marshal’s office is focusing its investigation on the fireplace flue. That’s where some of the heaviest burning occurred, he said.
The home was a total loss, Willaford said. The 1,694-square-foot dwelling is assessed at $127,300, according to county records.
Single-digit temperatures and icy roads made things difficult for the firefighters, some of whom had icicles on their helmets, Willaford said.
He said the Virginia Department of Transportation assisted by spreading sand at a nearby intersection. Firefighters periodically warmed up in a bus that the school division sent to the scene.
Sixty people in all responded to the incident, Willaford said. Auxiliary volunteers provided food and drinks.
Spotsylvania firefighters have responded to at least four house fires this week alone. On Sunday, a 14-year-old boy died in a fire at his family’s home on Lee Hill School Drive.