Firefighters Battle Two House Fires, Harsh Weather Conditions

- WARREN COUNTY, Va. - Fire and rescue officials in Warren County battled two fully-involved house fires Thursday, along with extreme fire conditions, and harsh winds. 

The first house fire was reported at 2:46 p.m. at 615 Joan's Quadrangle Road in the Shenandoah Farms area of Warren County. Fire and EMS units arrived to a fully-involved house fire, with flames spreading to the adjoining woodland areas. 

Firefighters quickly controlled the spread of the fire through the woods, then concentrated on protecting nearby exposures. Crews say they battled strong winds with reported gusts at 32 mph and wind chills below 20 degrees. Crews remained on the scene for more than five hours to fully extinguish the fire, and to ensure the threat of spreading to nearby properties was eliminated. 

According to fire officials, the homeowners were not home at the time the fire occurred. The fire is under investigation by the Warren County Fire Marshal's Office. They say the home is a total loss, and damage estimates are at more than $300,000. 

The second house fire occurred late Thursday night, around 11:07 p.m. at 152 Overall Run Road in the Bentonville area of Warren County. Firefighters arrived and found all homeowners safe, and out of the house. 

Crews say they encountered extreme fire conditions. Firefighters entered the home for an aggressive fire attack throughout the living area of the home. They soon had to battle the blaze with multiple hand-lines as the flames breached and spread throughout the roof of the home. 

Page County Fire and Rescue along with EMS also responded to the scene, as the property was determined to go into Page County. Warren and Page County fire crews worked together well into the early Friday morning hours to bring the fire under control and fully extinguish the blaze. 

The home is reported to be a total loss, but thankfully no injuries reported. This fire is being investigated by the Page County Sheriff's Office. 

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