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Spotsy responds to van, two structure fires

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Tuesday was busy for Spotsylvania County’s fire and rescue department and county dispatchers.

During a 10-hour period, fire and rescue personnel responded to 42 calls, many storm-related, said Fire Chief Monty Willaford.

Incidents included a commercial van catching fire and two residential structure fires.

One structure fire was on the 2500 block of Melchris Court about 6:30 p.m.

Willaford said it was an electrical fire likely caused by a lightning strike. He said there were no injuries and minor damage.

A second fire took place about 8 p.m. on the 6000 block of Hot Spring Lane. That fire was likely caused by a leaking gas pipe, Willaford said.

There were no injuries and only minor damage to the house.

Both fires did not require relocation.

A commercial van at Dickey’s Barbecue Pit on Southpoint Parkway caught fire about 5:30 p.m., Willaford said.

The vehicle was fully enveloped upon the fire department’s arrival, and the damage is estimated at $15,000. There were no injuries and no other cars caught fire. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.



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