Fires heavily damage two area homes
BY REGINA WEISS
THE FREE LANCE–STAR
Two fires ravaged homes in both Fredericksburg and Stafford County Tuesday night, displacing both families after the fires were extinguished.
At 11:28 p.m., Stafford County Fire and Rescue units responded to a fire at 215 Sleepy Hollow Trail, a two-story, single family residence of about 3,000-square feet, said Mark Doyle, assistant chief in Stafford.
Stations in Falmouth, White Oak, Berea, Stafford, Rockhill, White Oak Rescue, Fredericksburg and Quantico responded to the home, where the fire burned in the garage, first floor, second floor and extended to the attic. The fire was under control in 35 minutes.
The two adults and four children living in the home were able to exit unharmed before the fire rescue arrivals. The four children were two high school students, a nine-month old and one middle school student.
The family stayed with a neighbor and made contact with their insurance company before Doyle left the scene, he said. They did not need assistance from Red Cross.
While units were finishing up at the home in Stafford, Fredericksburg Fire Department units as well as a unit from Stafford were dispatched at 12:20 a.m. to 306 Hunter Street for another residential fire.
The fire started in the rear porch area of the 800 square-foot home, which sits behind the parking lot of Mason Dixon Café, and extended inside the home when units arrived.
The four occupants of the home, who were leasing the property from Pitts Estate, were outside when help arrived. There were no injuries, but two pets died from the fire.
One unit from Fredericksburg Fire Department responded, and was able to extinguish the fire in 10 to 15 minutes. A Stafford unit that responded to the first fire arrived shortly to assist.
An extensive investigation was made in the home after the fire was out to find any hidden areas of fire and to make sure the roof and attic were extinguished, said Deputy Fire Chief Mike Jones.
Heat from the fire melted the vinyl siding of a neighboring home at 308 Hunter Street, but there was no further damage.
The one-story home with a half basement underneath was constructed in 1939 and has an assessed value of $130,000. Damage estimates are in excess of $65.000.
The cause of both fires is still under investigation.
Regina Weiss 540/374-5444