Police investigating fatal fire at Augusta County campground

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Published: Oct. 16, 2019 at 11:59 AM EDT
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Emergency crews are responding after a fatal fire at a campground in Augusta County Wednesday morning.

Augusta County Fire-Rescue confirmed to WHSV on Wednesday afternoon that one person died in the fire, which destroyed a camper.

According to Virginia State Police, the victim was an adult woman, whose remains were found inside a camper after the fire was extinguished.

Calls came in around 10:20 a.m. for a camper on fire at the North 340 Campground, which is just off Rt. 340 (Eastside Highway) between Dooms and Crimora.

Multiple crews from around the Valley responded to the area and got the fire under control by about 11 a.m. But by that point, much of the 2008 Newmar recreational vehicle (RV) was already gone.

Officials confirmed at the scene that a man was taken to Augusta Health for medical care, in addition to the woman killed in the fire.

The woman's remains were sent to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke for autopsy and identification.

A neighbor told us she was coming home when she saw the fire break out at the camper. She grabbed her fire extinguisher and went to others in the area, asking for theirs as well.

Another neighbor said she looked out her window and saw flames rising from the camper high enough to nearly set nearby trees on fire, even in the rain.

Virginia State Police has been called in to investigate. No cause has yet been determined for the fire, but they do not believe it to be suspicious in nature.

Responding crews included Grottoes, Dooms, New Hope, Augusta County Fire-Rescue, and Waynesboro First Aid.

WHSV has chosen not to show any images of the camper directly, as police are still working to notify the victim's family. Stay with us for more details as we learn more throughout the day.