Toms Brook fire destroys house on Roberts Road

TOMS BROOK — A fire destroyed a house in Toms Brook just after midnight on Wednesday, April 23, and the lone occupant and his dog escaped without injury.

The occupant at 36 Roberts Road in Toms Brook was watching TV when he heard crackling and saw a glow out the window. He then made several attempts to put the fire out before calling 911. By that time flames had spread into the roof area. When fire and rescue units arrived, there was heavy fire throughout the single-story house.

The fire was under control within 30 minutes of the 12:12 a.m. call. The house and contents are a total loss.

The cause of the fire appears right now to be accidental, possibly related to birds nesting in an exterior light, according to David Ferguson, fire marshal for Shenandoah County.

The fire is still under investigation, and Ferguson will be further processing the scene during the day on Wednesday.

Fire units from Toms Brook, Strasburg, Woodstock, and Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue responded to the fire, along with rescue units from Toms Brook and Strasburg.