Fire in Augusta County Destroys Family's Home

Augusta County, Va. (WHSV) -- Update 11:12 p.m. -- A family of three is without a home Saturday night after a fire destroyed it.

Thankfully, the family who lives on Springfield Lane got out safely when the smoke started to fill the house.

Fire crews are still investigating the cause of the fire

The owner of the house says they think their border collie may have had something to do with it, but they're not sure.

They think maybe there was a blanket or something near the propane heater.

Fire Chief Barry Lotts with the Riverheads Volunteer Fire Department didn't want to release the full names of the family.

At 7 p.m., smoke could be seen off the mile marker 217 exit ramp.
The owner didn't want to talk on camera, but said it's a blessing everyone is out safely.

The owner said he came home to smoke and tried to use his hose but it couldn't put out the flames.

Chief Lotts said the home is a total loss.

The fire started at 5:40 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m. crews still had to deal with flames in the upstairs section.

Parts of the roof and the siding on the house peeled in sections from the heat.

There were about seven different fire departments there, including Augusta County Fire and Rescue and Stuarts Draft.

The home, which is part of Brookwood Farms, has been around for at least 20 years.

"We think on the back corner on the back porch somewhere. It's just old construction and it got hot real fast on us," said Fire Chief Lotts.

Fire Chief Lotts didn't want to release the full names of the family.

Crews said they were about to run out of water, so they continued to utilize the extra water brought in by tankers.

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The Fire Chief tells WHSV the fire started around 5 P.M on Saturday evening.

Augusta County Sheriff's Office says the home was on Springfield Lane near route 11 in Mint Spring. The family was able to make it out of the house.

The Fire Chief tells WHSV the home is a total loss. They are still not sure what caused the fire. As of 7:30 P.M crews were still working to put out some flames.

Will have more details tonight on WHSV at 11.


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