Family’s home is destroyed by fire in county

Posted: February 13, 2013

The Winchester Star

A Frederick County firefighter walks past the burning home on Winchester Drive in Mountain Falls Park Tuesday evening, (Photo by Scott Mason/The Winchester Star)
ABOVE: A Frederick County firefighter works to extinguish the burning home on Winchester Drive in Mountain Falls Park Tuesday evening. (Photo by Scott Mason/The Winchester Star)
ABOVE LEFT: Frederick County firefighters search the interior of the burned-out residence.

MOUNTAIN FALLS — A Frederick County family lost its home to a fire Tuesday night.

A passing firefighter, from the North Mountain Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company, spotted the blaze at 318 Winchester Drive in Mountain Falls Park at about 5:30 p.m. and called his station.

North Mountain Chief Josh Taylor said no one was home when firefighters arrived on the scene.

“There was fire showing in the front of the house on the first and second floors,” he said, when the first trucks reached the site on the narrow road leading past the house.

With no water readily available, the firefighters set up canvas containers to feed the hoses while tankers brought water from the lake at the head of the falls after which the subdivision is named.

Taylor said the firefighters needed 20 minutes to knock down the blaze on the partially wooded lot, but the fire was contained to the house and did not spread into the woods.

Taylor, who lives across the street from the burned home, sheltered his neighbors during the fire.

County Fire Marshal Mark Showers said the cause of the blaze is under investigation. He was waiting for the firefighters to finish their work before inspecting the charred structure.

The home belongs to a Marine based in South Carolina. His wife and two children, a 4-year-old girl and a boy who just turned 2, were planning to stay with relatives, Taylor said.

North Mountain volunteers said they will collect clothing and toys for the children at the fire hall on Rosenberger Lane.

Ten units answered the call to the fire, including the Round Hill, Star Tannery, Gore and Gainesboro companies. The Capon Springs, W.Va., company sent a tanker to help ferry water, and other companies from outside Frederick County helped to keep the county fire stations staffed.

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