FIELDALE, VA – Multiple fire departments responded to a two-story abandoned home that was on fire Thursday morning.
Heavy flames could be seen coming from the structure when the first units began arriving around 8:45 a.m.
Junior Lynch, Chief of the Bassett Volunteer Fire Department, told BTW21 News a truck driver discovered the fire in the 2900 block of Dillons Fork Road in Fieldale and called 9-1-1.
“It’s probably going to smoke for several days due to the roof and second floor collapsing into the first floor. At this time, we’re kind of cleaning up and trying to make contact with an owner. The house has been abandoned for a while,” Lynch added.
The chief said due collapsing of the structure, different firefighting methods were used.
“If it’s any chance that we can go inside and do a search or make an interior attack, we do that. With this incident, we already had fire through the roof and we had some collapse when we got here. It wasn’t at any time safe enough to go into and make an interior attack, so it was all a, what we call, defensive attack on the exterior of the house,” he explained.
The abandoned home was a total loss.
Volunteer fire departments from Bassett, Collinsville, Patrick-Henry and Horsepasture assisted at the scene.
Henry County Public Safety, Fieldale-Collinsville Rescue Squad, Henry County Sheriff's Office and VDOT also responded.
The cause of the blaze is under investigation.