A house fire destroyed a home along Blue Ridge Mountain Road in eastern Clarke County, Virginia on Sunday afternoon.
Fire units from multiple departments responded to the blaze at 19414 Blue Ridge Mountain Road in Bluemont near the intersection of Route 601 and Route 650 at around 4:30 pm. By the time units arrived on the scene much of the structure was engulfed in flames.
Approximately twelve fire trucks from Mount Weather Fire Department, Shenandoah Retreat, Shenandoah Farms, and Enders Fire Department responded to the blaze. Firefighters battled not only the fire, but fog and icy conditions on roads and trees due to lower temperatures along the peak line of the Blue Ridge.
Mount Weather police officers directed traffic around fire units that operated from the icy main road. Fire personnel said that the home’s narrow snow and ice covered driveway prevented multiple fire fighting vehicles from approaching the fire scene. Crews worked in the sub-freezing conditions to setup temporary water tanks on Blue Ridge Mountain Road. Water was then pumped from the temporary tanks to the fire scene approximately 100 yards from the main road.
According to Mount Weather Assistant Fire Chief Williams, the on-scene commander in charge of the firefighting crews, the blaze apparently started in a chimney and quickly spread.
Williams said that there were no injuries.