SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A house fire destroyed a home in Spotsylvania County on Monday.
Around 9:16 p.m., Spotsylvania Fire and EMS units were dispatched to a residential structure fire in the 5500 block of Waters Edge Drive.
A neighbor had called 9-1-1 minutes earlier to report that the house down the street was engulfed in flames. When firefighters arrived 10 minutes later, they found a two-story home well involved with fire on all levels. Firefighters attacked the fire from the exterior of the structure due to the extent of fire and the presence of a partial roof collapse that had occurred prior to their arrival.
A total of 33 fire and EMS responders worked for 45 minutes to extinguish the fire in the midst of high winds in an effort to prevent the fire from spreading to neighboring homes and properties in the rural subdivision on Lake Anna.
The two occupants, who weren’t home at the time of the fire, weren’t injured, but did lose the family dog in the blaze.
The Fire Marshal’s Office is still investigating the cause of the fire.
Smoke alarms were present in the home, but it is not known whether they were working or not.
The Spotsylvania County Department of Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Management would like to remind everyone that working smoke alarms do save lives. Please check you alarms regularly. If you have any questions or need a smoke alarm, please contact our office at 540-507-7900.