Fire officials: Home and contents are a total loss

Posted: February 14, 2013

The Winchester Star

MOUNTAIN FALLS — A fire in Mountain Falls Park destroyed a family home Tuesday night.

Mark Showers, assistant fire marshal for the Frederick County Fire and Rescue Office, stated Wednesday that the structure at 318 Winchester Drive — valued at $130,000 — and its contents were a total loss.

The family of four was not at home when an off-duty North Mountain firefighter drove past the two-story structure at about 5:30 p.m. and saw flames. His call to Central Communications brought five county fire companies to the scene.

Showers said the first crews tried to damp down the fire on the first floor, but were hampered by a lack of water.

A number of fire companies sent tankers to siphon water from the lake at the subdivision and ferry them to the scene.

Showers said once the water supply was set up, the firefighters were able to bring the blaze under control in about 30 minutes.

No one was injured.

Showers said the cause of the blaze is under investigation, but he does not consider it suspicious.

A minister from the Frederick County chaplain’s program determined that the mother and two children displaced by the fire would be able to shelter with family members. Their names were not released.

North Mountain is collecting donations of clothing and toys for the children, a girl age 4 and a boy age 2, at its fire station on Rosenberger Road in Shawneeland.

Showers said firefighting equipment from Shenandoah County and Morgan and Hampshire counties in West Virginia also responded to the fire.

— Contact Val Van Meter at vvanmeter@winchesterstar.com