Media Press Release

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Mike Cianci, Fire Chief

For Immediate Release on 05/04/2021

Multiple Departments Respond to Structure Fire in Eastern Orange County

Locust Grove, VA – On Tuesday, May 4th crews from multiple departments responded to assist Lake of the Woods Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company 29 for a reported structure fire in the eastern end of Orange County in the 4400 block of Flat Run Rd. 

Early activation of the emergency services network was critical to the outcome of this call as the fire spread quickly from the home to the garage, vehicles and nearby wooded areas. The occupant was able to get out in time while one pet who suffered burns was taken to a local hospital. 

Swiftly responding, the composite crew, two career and one volunteer firefighter, found a fully involved fire; however, they immediately established that no occupants remained in the house and went to work extinguishing the fire. As further crews responded they immediately worked on suppressing the structure fire while additional crews worked on containing the fire that had spread to the nearby woods. 

Over the course of multiple hours, 18 Firefighters used 53,000 gallons of water, over 2000 feet of supply line and several hundreds of feet of attack line in extinguishing the fire while concurrently addressing the impact of the volatile storms that rolled through our area. 

Crews from Mine Run Volunteer Fire Company 21, Orange Volunteer Fire Company 23, Gordonsville Company 24, Culpepper Tanker 6, County of Orange Fire and EMS, Spotsylvania Station 7, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative and Virginia Department of Transportation assisted Lake of the Woods Volunteer Fire Company 29 units  and worked quickly to control and prevent the fire from further spreading. 

The Lake of the Woods Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company responded to over 680 calls for service in 2020 and serves the various residents, commercial businesses, houses of worship and academic institutions located in the Locust Grove, Germanna and Wilderness areas of Eastern Orange County along Route 3 and Route 20.