Spotsylvania Firefighters Injured in Lake Anna Fire
One firefighter remains in the hospital with burns to his shoulders and injuries from a roof collapsing on him, but they are not life-threatening injuries.
A Spotsylvania County career firefighter remains at Mary Washington Hospital with non-life threatening injuries after a roof collapsed on him during a fire late Friday night in the Lake Anna area on Waddell Road.
"He had burns on his shoulders and of course the roof collapsed on his body, but I don’t think he had any broken bones," said Phil Sullivan, Spotsylvania County's deputy fire marshal.
Sullivan said the fire was discovered at about 11 p.m Friday. A second firefighter injured his hand and did go to the hospital but he has been released.
He said a lightning strike started the fire in the Valentine Woods home in the kitchen by a stove. The family thought they had extinguished the fire but when they tried to call 911, they could not get through, Sullivan said. They drove to the nearest station in Partlow and met a firetruck already out responding to storm damage. When they returned to the house, the fire had reignited and Sullivan said the blaze was coming out from the roof.
While fighting the fire, the roof collapsed on the unidentified career firefighter. His fellow firefighters safely pulled him out and he was transported to Mary Washington Hospital.
Sullivan said a second fire destroyed a vacation home about five miles away in Sycamore Shoals near Lake Anna at about 2 a.m. Saturday. No one was at the home and Sullivan said lightning is believed to be the cause of that fire, too.
"When the neighbor spotted it, the house was already under heavy fire," Sullivan said.
Sullivan said crews responded to numerous other storm-damage calls.
"The guys were out all night long. It was a mess," he said.
Both homes were destroyed, Sullivan said.