EDINBURG – Firefighters responded to a fire at Wholesome Foods at 986 South Ox Road near Edinburg on Wednesday night, Jan. 14. No employees were injured in the fire, but one firefighter suffered a minor injury and was taken to the hospital.
The call was dispatched at 8:24 p.m. and Edinburg firefighters found heavy fire in the auto shop section of the Wholesome Foods complex. Their immediate goal was to keep the fire from spreading. Adjacent to the burning building were some nearby tanks that contained several thousand gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel. Also nearby were additional buildings.
The fire was contained to the one building.
The facility is located outside of Edinburg and did not have fire hydrants. Additional tankers were dispatched to help, and fire engines and tanker trucks hauled water to the scene, filling up at three hydrants along Stoney Creek Boulevard in the town of Edinburg. In all, they carrried about 91,000 gallons of water to the fire scene.
Fire crews remained on the scene until after 1 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15, and the building was expected to continue smoldering.
The Shenandoah County Fire Marshal has begun an investigation into the cause of the fire. Everything so far points to the fire being an accidental fire, according to Fire Marshal David Ferguson. His investigation will continue when he can access the building, which has unstable walls and hot spots in the debris.
Responding to the fire were units from Edinburg Volunteer Fire Company, Mount Jackson Rescue and Fire Company, Woodstock Fire Department, Conicville Volunteer Fire Department, Toms Brook Volunteer Fire Department, Strasburg Fire Department, Orkney Springs Fire and Rescue Inc., Woodstock Volunteer Rescue Squad, Strasburg Volunteer Rescue Squad, and Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue. Deputies from the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office provided traffic control.