Local resident hurt, 2 displaced by fire

Posted: January 15, 2013

The Winchester Star

An occupant sustained burns in a basement fire early Sunday morning at this townhouse at 210 Hunter Run Road off Valley Mill Road in Frederick County. (Photo by Jeff Taylor/The Winchester Star)

WINCHESTER — A local resident was burned Sunday after attempting to put out a structure fire east of the city.

According to a Frederick County Fire and Rescue media release, crews responded just after 7:30 a.m. to 210 Hunter Run Road — near Dowell J. Howard Center — for a fire in the basement level of a townhouse.

The fire was extinguished about 10 minutes after fire and rescue personnel arrived.

The victim was alerted to the blaze by working smoke detectors, according to the release.

“However, the occupant had to be removed from the structure by crews with burns after attempting to extinguish the fire,” the release states.

No injuries to firefighters were reported. The release did not provide any information on the condition of the victim.

Lorie Rhoton, program director with the local chapter of the American Red Cross, said Monday that the organization is providing the two displaced residents of the home with a hotel stay for three days and money for food and clothing.

Rhoton said the organization will also follow up with the residents to make sure they have what they need.

W.E. Pifer III, assistant fire marshal, said in the release that the cause of the fire still is under investigation.

Loss estimates are reported to be approximately $20,000.

Fire and rescue units from Greenwood, Millwood, Clear Brook, Round Hill and Stephens City, as well as Frederick County Battalion 10 Duty Officer and the Fire Marshal’s Office responded to the blaze. Clarke County and the City of Winchester assisted.

— Contact Melissa Boughton at mboughton@winchesterstar.com