Early morning fire guts home, displaces two

Posted: October 9, 2012

The Winchester Star

This house at 128 Country Park Drive in Frederick County was gutted by fire Monday morning. (Photo by Jeff Taylor/The Winchester Star)

WINCHESTER — Frederick County Fire and Rescue officials are not releasing much information about a Monday morning blaze east of the city that displaced two residents.

Assistant Fire Marshal Kenneth Scott said the blaze, at 128 Country Park Drive — just north of Senseny Road and west of Greenwood Road — is still under investigation.

He said when firefighters arrived at about 6 a.m., flames were showing out of one of the windows of the home, and that an aggressive exterior and interior attack was conducted to put them out.

Two women were home at the time of the fire, but they, a dog and cat escaped injury. According to Scott, however, there may have been other cats in the home that were killed.

He was not sure how long it took to knock the fire down, and could not say where it started. A damage estimate was also not available.

Greenwood and Millwood volunteer fire and rescue companies, along with Winchester Fire and Rescue, responded to the incident.

The Top of Virginia Chapter of the American Red Cross responded and is assisting the displaced residents with meals, clothing and hotel accommodations.

“Our first priority in any disaster is to get help to people as quickly as possible,” said Lorrie Rhoton, disaster services manager for the Red Cross. “We will continue working with the family to help them on their road to recovery.”

— Contact Melissa Boughton at mboughton@winchesterstar.com