STEPHENS CITY — A couple and their daughter and son escaped a fire early Wednesday morning that substantially damaged their home in the 100 block of Fishers Hill Court.

No one was hurt in the fire in the Musket Ridge development off Tasker Road. The family was displaced and is being assisted by the American Red Cross Shenandoah Valley chapter, according to an email from Lt. Kenneth Scott, an assistant fire marshal with the Frederick County Fire and Rescue Department.

Scott said the fire, which began in the back of the two-story home by the deck, was reported at 2:17 a.m. It is believed to have been accidental. Family members were awakened by smoke detectors and fled the home, according to a department news release. Scott said the family called 911.

Flames were visible in the rear of the home on the first and second floors when firefighters first arrived at 2:23 a.m., the release said.

The fire was brought under control at 3:13 a.m., and firefighters departed the scene at 5:33 a.m. County firefighters were assisted by firefighters from Winchester.

Scott said a damage estimate on belongings and the property was unavailable on Wednesday. The 3,293-square-foot home is valued at nearly $295,000, according to county property records. The total property value is $376,500. The home, built in 2002, is listed as being owned by Raymond A. Sommerfield and Stacey H. Sommerfield.

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Michael March

Winchester Star, please do your research, this is The Camp, not Musket Ridge.

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