New Year's Day House Fire on Herndon Street

Two occupants made it out safely.

Photo by Michael Jones, Deputy Fire Chief, Fredericksburg Fire Department.
Photo by Michael Jones, Deputy Fire Chief, Fredericksburg Fire Department.
Fredericksburg and Stafford County firefighters responded to a house fire at 307 Herndon St. at about 7 a.m. New Year's Day.

"The first units on the scene found heavy fire coming from the left rear side of the 1½ story residence," said Mike Jones, Fredericksburg Fire Department deputy fire chief.

Two occupants had safely escaped the burning home, but there was some confusion as to whether other occupants were in the home, Jones said.

"Fire Department units stretched multiple hose lines and made an aggressive interior attack on the fire, while other crews searched the first and second floors of the residence to see if anyone else was still inside.  The search turned up no other occupants."

"Firefighters quickly beat back the flames on the first level and then opened up the roof on the rear side to find fire in a concealed space behind the walls," Jones said.  This area was also quickly extinguished.  

No civilians or firefighters were injured during the blaze. The Fire Marshal’s Office of the Fredericksburg Fire Department is conducting an origin and cause investigation.

According to city records, the wood frame structure was built in 1929.  The 2012 assessment of land and building is $184,500. The owner of the structure resides in Norfolk.

Initial damage estimates are in the $60,000 range, Jones said.

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