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Massive Fire Engulfs Storage Buildings, Equipment

The call came in Thursday around 5:56 p.m. at 532 Ritenour Hollow Road in the Rockland area of the county.
Photo courtesy of: Shenandoah Valley Fire
Photo courtesy of: Shenandoah Valley Fire
Photo courtesy of: Shenandoah Valley Fire
Photo courtesy of: Shenandoah Valley Fire
Photo courtesy of: Shenandoah Valley Fire
Photo courtesy of: Shenandoah Valley Fire
Photo courtesy of: Shenandoah Valley Fire
Photo courtesy of: Shenandoah Valley Fire
Photo courtesy of: Richard Mabie, Warren County Fire
Photo courtesy of: Richard Mabie, Warren County Fire
Photo courtesy of: Richard Mabie, Warren County Fire
Photo courtesy of: Richard Mabie, Warren County Fire
WARREN COUNTY, Va. - A massive fire in Warren County destroyed multiple storage buildings, equipment and spread to the woods, leaving $200,000 in damages. 

The call came in Thursday around 5:56 p.m. at 532 Ritenour Hollow Road in the Rockland area of the county.

Crews say they arrived on the scene in less than five minutes, and found two very large farm-tractor storage buildings fully engulfed in flames. One had fully collapsed. Fire officials say the large blaze, pushed by 20 mph winds, quickly spread to multiple neighboring storage buildings, large farm equipment, and wooded areas while threatening the main house. 

A very aggressive fire attack by crews kept the flames from destroying several other outbuildings housing farm equipment and other stored items, including two antique 1950 pickup trucks. 

Firefighters worked quickly to protect the home, and neighboring structures, while family and neighbors rescued several animals. 

The incident involved an area half the size of a football field and smoke could be seen for miles away, according to crews on scene. Only one minor injury was reported but several animals perished in the fire. 

Fire crews were able to contain the fire in 30 minutes, and marked it under control in about an hour around 7:03 p.m. Thursday. Crews remained on scene until 9:30 p.m. to make sure the fire was fully extinguished. 

All Warren County fire stations responded to this incident with the assistance from Middletown Station 12, and Boyce Station 4 assisted with covering the depleted station in Front Royal, Warren County. 

The Warren County Fire Marshal's Office have determined the fire was accidentally caused by the homeowners discarding fireplace/wood-stove ashes outdoors near one of the buildings earlier in the day, which spread to surrounding ground surface fuels. 
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