WOODSTOCK -- On Thursday morning, a fire started at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds in a horse stable, destroying most of the units inside of it. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Fire and rescue departments were dispatched at 6:21 a.m. and they could see flames before they arrived on scene. It was because of this, they requested additional companies.
Units responded to the fire from Woodstock Fire Department, Woodstock Volunteer Rescue Squad, Edinburg Volunteer Fire Company, Toms Brook Volunteer Fire Department, Conicville Volunteer Fire Department, New Market Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Strasburg Fire Department, Strasburg Rescue Squad, and Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue. Woodstock Police Department assisted with traffic control, and the Woodstock public works department provided a tractor to help firefighters access pockets of fire in the rubble. The last firefighters left the scene at 11:50 a.m.
As a result of this fire and another about 30 minutes later in Fort Valley, Luray Volunteer Fire Department in Page County assisted with coverage in New Market while Middletown Volunteer Fire and Rescue from Frederick County assisted with coverage in Toms Brook.
Firefighters focused on saving what they could of the stable and protecting a nearby home. Only about one third of the stable units could be saved. The house suffered minimal damage.
One horse was in the stables and removed safely. Two dogs died.