Two die in Toms Brook house fire

55 Jessica Place, Toms Brook (1)

TOMS BROOK — During the investigation into Thursday’s fire at 55 Jessica Place in Toms Brook, investigators found two deceased people in the burned house. The medical examiner is working to identify them.

Two people resided at that address, William Dartnell, 81, and Kikuko Dischleit, 86.

Everything to this point in the investigation suggests that the house fire was an accidental fire, according to David Ferguson, fire marshal for Shenandoah County. The investigation is ongoing.

Fire units left the scene shortly before 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 20. Investigators remain on the scene.

“This is a tragic event for the entire community,” said John Collins, public information officer for Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue. “Our biggest goal is to prevent such tragedies.”

“I hope that everyone will immediately make sure they have working smoke alarms in their house,” Collins said.

55 Jessica Place, Toms Brook (2)

Fire marshal investigates fire with potential fatalities

TOMS BROOK — The Shenandoah County fire marshal is investigating a house fire that may involve fatalities.

Dispatchers alerted units to fire on Jessica Place at 5:29 a.m. on Thursday, March 20. The first unit arrived at 5:32 a.m. and reported a house with fire throughout the building.

Most of the fire was extinguished within an hour by fire and rescue units from Toms Brook, Strasburg, and Woodstock, along with Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue.

The fire heavily damaged the house, so crews had to stabilize what remained of the building before they could start investigating the blaze. Fire investigators are carefully processing the scene right now.

This is a developing incident with many unknowns, so follow Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue on social media for continued updates: www.Facebook.com/ShenCoFR and Twitter.com/SCFR10

House burns in Fort Valley

185 Plum Tree LaneA house in Fort Valley was destroyed by fire on Saturday night, Jan. 11. When the first engine from Fort Valley Volunteer Fire Department arrived at 185 Plum Tree Lane, they found fire throughout the house, which was unoccupied. There were no injuries.

Firefighters couldn’t save the rural house because of the amount of fire they encountered. Instead, they focused their efforts on protecting nearby outbuildings and woodland.

With high winds blowing embers into the forest, firefighters were glad for the recent rains in the county.

“We were fortunate that we’ve had this wet weather,” said John Collins, public information officer for Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue. “It could have been a lot worse.”

A pumper from Mount Jackson used what’s known as a dry hydrant to supply water to trucks that carried water to the rural house. A dry hydrant is a non-pressurized pipe into a lake, pond, stream, or cistern that helps provide access to water in areas that don’t have hydrants on a municipal water system.

The house was completely destroyed by the blaze, and the cause is under investigation.

Assisting Fort Valley Volunteer Fire Department were Edinburg Volunteer Fire Company, Mount Jackson Rescue and Fire, Woodstock Fire Department, Toms Brook Volunteer Fire Department, Woodstock Rescue Squad, and Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue. Warren County’s Fortsmouth and Rivermont fire departments sent tankers as well. Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office shut down Hickory Lane due to fire engines and tankers providing the water supply.

House fire claims pet

A house fire at 793 Stoneburner Road claimed a dog, but firefighters saved three guinea pigs and a lizard from the blaze. None of the home’s seven human residents was home at the time, although there were initial reports that one was trapped in the burning building.

793 Stoneburner Road

One firefighter suffered a minor injury while fighting the fire, which took several hours to bring under control. The house’s older construction contributed to the damage, allowing fire to get inside the walls and spread before firefighters could expose and extinguish it.

Three adults and four children were displaced by the fire, and the Red Cross was called to assist them.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Units responded from Edinburg Volunteer Fire Company, Woodstock Fire Department, Mount Jackson Rescue and Fire Department, Conicville Volunteer Fire Department, Toms Brook Volunteer Fire Department, Woodstock Rescue Squad, and Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue. Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office provided help with traffic control.

 

Cabin outside of Edinburg destroyed by fire

1189 Edinburg Gap Road

Fire destroyed an unoccupied cabin at 1189 Edinburg Gap outside of the town of Edinburg on Tuesday night, Jan. 7.

Responding units could see the flames long before they arrived on the scene. When they reached the cabin, the entire structure was in flames, and the firefighters put their efforts into keeping the fire from spreading to the woodland that surrounded the remote cabin.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Fire units responded from Edinburg Volunteer Fire Company, Woodstock Fire Department, Mount Jackson Rescue and Fire Department, Woodstock Rescue Squad, and Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue. Deputies from Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office helped with traffic control. Temperatures were around 10 degrees at the time of the fire.

Firefighters from Edinburg Volunteer Fire Company hose down a blazing cabin at 1189 Edinburg Gap Road.

Firefighters from Edinburg Volunteer Fire Company hose down a blazing cabin at 1189 Edinburg Gap Road.