CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - All of Jefferson County's volunteer fire departments plus others from outside the county were used to fight at least four fires in the county Tuesday, including two house fires and a woods fire on the Blue Ridge Mountain that scorched more than 100 acres.
"This is the wildest day we've had in a long, long time," said Ed Smith, chief of the Independent Fire Co. in Ranson.
"It taxed the system, that's for sure. But somehow we kept on top of it," said Lt. Danny Shannon of the Citizens Fire Co. in Charles Town.
Here is a rundown of the calls:
- At 11:17 a.m., fire crews were called to Gubertown Lane in the Summit Point area for a 15-acre cornfield fire that started as a result of an earlier controlled burn, said Smith. The fire came close to a barn.
- As fire crews were returning from the Summit Point fire, they were called at 2:21 p.m. for a fire that started in a double-wide mobile home on Hite Road in the Bardane area, Smith said. Some materials were being burned outside the home and winds blew fire under the home, Smith said. The blaze destroyed the home, where a family of three lived, firefighters said.
- The woods fire on the Blue Ridge Mountain was reported at about 2:24 p.m. and was in the Mission Road area, firefighters said. The blaze started in Clarke County, Va., spread to Loudoun County, Va., and then into Jefferson County, Smith said. Firefighters were still on the scene at 9:30 p.m., Smith said. Additional details were unavailable.
- At 6:14 p.m., a fire started in the chimney area at the rear of a house in the Crosswinds subdivision along W.Va. 9 east of Charles Town, Shannon said. The fire spread to the attic and gutted it, Shannon said. The house will have to be refurbished before it can be inhabited again, Shannon said.
Firefighters from Baker Heights in Berkeley County and Middletown, Md., responded to Jefferson County to assist county firefighters, Shannon said.