Fire near Stephens City displaces family of four

Posted: October 30, 2013

The Winchester Star

ABOVE: This home on Marlboro Road near Stephens City was heavily damaged by a fire on Tuesday afternoon. (Photo by Scott Mason/The Winchester Star)
TOP RIGHT: Firefighters from Winchester and Frederick and Shenandoah counties were called to the blaze. They needed about 20 minutes to knock the fire down and several hours to investigate and clean up.

STEPHENS CITY — A family of four was displaced after a fire damaged their home on Tuesday afternoon.

Stephens City Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company Chief Greg Locke said crews responded to the blaze around 1 p.m. at 441 Marlboro Road.

The firefighters were met with flames and heavy smoke in the single-family dwelling, he said. They needed about 20 minutes to knock the fire down and several hours to investigate and clean up.

Locke said the family members — two adults and two children — were not at home when the blaze began. A firefighter was taken to Winchester Medical Center, but mainly for observation, he added.

The local chapter of the American Red Cross was called to the scene to assist the displaced family.

Steven Ritter, deputy fire chief and assistant fire marshal for Stephens City, said on Tuesday night that the organization provided lodging for the family.

He said the blaze was probably electrical in nature. “The fire started in a small hallway and progressed from there into a number of rooms and the attic.”

Ritter estimated that damage to the structure was probably about $80,000 — and at least $10,000 to its contents. The home includes two additions and a detached garage.

Ritter said he and the Frederick County Fire Marshal’s Office were continuing their investigation.

Locke said the home could probably be livable again or rebuilt, but would “require a good bit of interior work.”

In addition to the Stephens City company, units from Middletown, Millwood, Shawnee, Winchester and Strasburg responded to the blaze.

— Contact Melissa Boughton at mboughton@winchesterstar.com