Early morning fatal fire in Shenandoah County

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SHENANDOAH COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- Caution tape has been placed in front of a home, where earlier this morning, one person was killed in a fatal fire.

The home has been badly damaged, with several of the windows knocked out, and many pieces of debris have already been pulled from the inside to the outside as fire officials work to find out what exactly happened on Pepper Road.

At around 7:15 this morning, nearly 50 firefighters responded to a structure fire at 1328 Pepper Road in Conicville.

One person died in the fire, and one firefighter was taken to the hospital after a partial ceiling collapse.

He is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Multiple crews of firefighters responded to the call, including Conicville, Mt. Jackson, Orkney Spring, New Market, Woodstock, and Timberville, leading to about 50 firefighters on scene to help fight the blaze.

Due to the rural area of the home, with no fire hydrant nearby, tanker trucks had to be brought in to provide water to fight the fire.

Back in January, the Conicville Volunteer Fire Department was one of the places not given the money they had hoped for to help staff the department to deal with emergencies.

"In this instance, the station was not staffed during these hours. That required crews to respond from home to the station and ultimately to respond to apparatus," said Bill Streett, the Deputy Chief with Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue.

Overall, it took two responders from Conicville 12 minutes to get to the fire.

With the intensity of the fire, leaders say they believe even if firefighters were there sooner, the end result would have been the same.

While fire leaders have been working hard throughout the day, their work is far from over.

The department says their thoughts are with the family.