Firefighters respond to fire at Wholesome Foods

EDINBURG – Firefighters responded to a fire at Wholesome Foods at 986 South Ox Road near Edinburg on Wednesday night, Jan. 14. 2015-01-14_WholesomeFoods01No 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. 2015-01-14_WholesomeFoods02His 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.

Woman suffers burn injuries in flash fire

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WOODSTOCK–An 84-year-old female suffered burn injuries in a momentary “flash fire” at her home on the morning of Dec. 24.

Around 8:35 a.m., the Shenandoah County Department of Emergency Communications received a medical alert activation from 41 Saumsville Road south of Maurertown. When 911 dispatchers called back, the resident told them she’d been burned while preparing to cook on her kitchen stove.

Responders found the woman in the house, awake and oriented at the kitchen table. She told them that she had been preparing to cook on the gas stove. When she turned it on, it didn’t light until later when there was a flash fire, which caught the woman’s clothing on fire.

Emergency medical units requested a helicopter to fly the woman to the hospital, but none were available due to weather. As a result, the ambulance took the woman to Rockingham Memorial Hospital. Her burns resulted in serious injuries.

The Shenandoah County Fire Marshal’s investigation determined the fire as accidental with the cause coming from the operation of the gas stove that resulted in a flash fire. There was no significant fire or smoke damage to the house.

Fire and rescue crews responded from Woodstock Fire Department, Toms Brook Volunteer Fire Department, Strasburg Fire Department, Mount Jackson Rescue and Fire Department, and Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue.

Fire damages family business near Conicville

A firefighter uses a saw to cut open the wall to better reach the fire.

A firefighter from Edinburg Volunteer Fire Company uses a saw to cut open a wall for better access to the fire.

CONICVILLE—A fire Saturday morning, Nov. 15, damaged a family business near Conicville. Nobody was injured in the blaze.

Dispatch alerted fire and rescue crews to the fire at 6:12 a.m. When firefighters from Conicville Volunteer Fire Department arrived at 2328 Pepper Road, they found fire burning in a metal-clad garage-style building. They quickly entered the building and began fighting the fire, stopping its spread in the two-story interior.

The building houses the Brillman Company, a family-run business that deals in electrical parts for automotive use.

After extinguishing the fire, firefighters remained on the scene making sure that all smoldering hot spots had been found and dealt with. Units left the scene around 9 a.m. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Along with the Conicville Volunteer Fire Department, units also responded from Mount Jackson Rescue and Fire Department, Orkney Springs Fire and Rescue, Edinburg Volunteer Fire Company, Woodstock Fire Department, New Market Fire and Rescue Department, and Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue.

 

Barn burns on Brannertown Lane

Timberville firefighters contain a barn fire on Brannertown Lane south of Forestville.

Timberville firefighters contain a barn fire on Brannertown Lane south of Forestville.

July 27, 2014; 8:15 p.m.

QUICKSBURG, VA—Fire claimed a barn on Brannertown Lane early on Sunday morning, July 27. No animals were in or around the building.

Timberville firefighters are silhouetted by headlights as they contain a barn fire on Brannertown Lane south of Forestville.

Timberville firefighters are silhouetted by headlights as they contain a barn fire on Brannertown Lane south of Forestville.

When firefighters from Timberville Volunteer Fire Department arrived, fire had already taken control of the building. The firefighters focused on protecting nearby outbuildings, and the fire was contained to the barn, which contained hay and a tractor. Crews let the fire burn itself out as rain moved into the area.

There were no injuries in the fire, which was dispatched at 1:16 a.m. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Fire and rescue units from Timberville, New Market, Mount Jackson, Broadway, and Orkney Springs responded to the blaze, along with Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue.

Fire marshal investigates early-morning fires

Fire at 7063 Senedo Rd

Fire burns an unoccupied building used for farm storage at 7063 Senedo Rd.

WOODSTOCK—Fires burned two buildings in southwestern Shenandoah County in the early-morning hours on Friday, June 13. 

Nobody was injured in the fires, which happened about an hour and a half apart.

“We are investigating them as potentially set fires,” said David A. Ferguson, Shenandoah County fire marshal.

Dispatchers alerted fire and rescue units to the first fire at 2:35 a.m. That fire burned an abandoned mobile home at 4939 Orkney Grade, near Morning Star Road. By the time firefighters arrived, flames had almost completely consumed the building. 

Fire at 4939 Orkney Grade

A firefighter from Orkney Springs waits for water at the scene of a fire in an abandoned house at 4939 Orkney Grade

Units were finishing at that scene when the second fire was dispatched at 3:59 a.m. The second fire was in an unoccupied building used as farm storage at 7063 Senedo Road near N. Mountain Road.

Firefighters found fire throughout the masonry building, with vehicles and other buildings threatened by the flames. Fighting the fire from outside, they were able to keep the fire from spreading to anything else.

Units from Orkney Springs Fire and Rescue, Mount Jackson Rescue and Fire Department, Conicville Volunteer Fire Department, Edinburg Volunteer Fire Company, Woodstock Fire Department, New Market Fire and Rescue, Timberville Volunteer Fire Department, and Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue responded to the fires.

The fires are being investigated by the Shenandoah County Fire Marshal’s Office, with help from the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office, the Frederick County Fire Marshal, and Virginia State Police.

Anyone with information that could pertain to the fires should call the Shenandoah County Fire Marshal’s Office at 540-459-6177. An Arson Reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest or indictment of the person(s) responsible for these fires.