Sunday Fire Destroys Mount Weather Home – Video

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.

A Mount Weather home in eastern Clarke County was destroyed by fire on Sunday - photo Edward Leonard

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.

Comments

  1. Right Winger says:

    “…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.”

    Thank God nobody was hurt.

    That being said, if you don’t maintain your chimneys, you’re asking for trouble.

  2. Wine Taster says:

    Glad no one was hurt and I’m hopeful that the family’s basic needs are being met. From all of the previous articles on this site about fire/rescue in Clarke County I don’t reacall reading about Mount Weather. Where are these volunteers located? Are they a new department; maybe to help out with Shenandoah Farms’ shortcomings? Just curious. Still trying to learn as much as I can about the volunteer system here in Clarke. Thanks for any info!

  3. Career FF says:

    Wine Taster, these units are actually career firefighters from the Mt. Weather government facility on top of the mountain not a volunteer company.

  4. Very sorry the home was lost but relieved no one was hurt.
    Outstanding work by all Firefighters to endure the conditions!
    Your dedication is greatly appreciated!!!

  5. We truly appreciate our firefighters and all they do, even in the worst weather and road conditions.

    Thank the Lord no one was hurt.

  6. Sage of the Mountain says:

    Great reporting Ed. By the way one of the Fire Depts was Blue Ridge not Shenandoah Retreat.

    CDN Editor: Apologies for the name confusion. Our community is very proud of the service and commitment of the faithful volunteers at Blue Ridge Volunteer Fire Department!