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Blaze destroys Warrenton Lakes home

Tuesday, Jun. 30 | By Michael Melkonian
The blaze sends white smoke into the sky. Photo credit Darlene DuBois, a neighbor.
A fire tore through a Warrenton Lakes home around 6:44 p.m on Tuesday night. When Warrenton Fire and Rescue arrived at the 7000 block of Spotsylvania Street the fire was "well along" with flames coming from the roof according to Assistant Chief Jason Golden.

Responding on the scene were emergency crews from Warrenton, the Plains, New Baltimore and Company 19. Fauquier County Fire and Rescue and Fauquier Sheriff's office also responded.

The single resident of the home was out at the time of the fire and neighbors reported the incident. The resident was taken to the hospital later in the evening, but for a condition unrelated to the fire.

Darlene DuBois, a neighbor from down the street said the neighborhood was filled with billowing white smoke and as she walked toward the fire she saw "flames towering over the trees."

By 7 p.m. the house was gutted by flames and the "siding just melted off" as the windows popped from the heat DuBois said.

The corner lot home was surrounded by well over 20 emergency personnel and about 10 fire trucks and emergency vehicles. After the flames subsided, emergency crews were using large hooks to rip off siding and insulation from the walls to make sure there were no smoldering embers that would start the blaze again.

The house looked like a toy model after the fire was extinguished. From the road, onlookers could see straight through the walls to the blackened insides of the home. Crews with full protective gear sprayed the debris and marched inside to toss out charred furniture.

A broken leather recliner rested on its side in a pile of charred rubble outside the window where crews emptied the home of pieces of charred drywall and lumber.

The female resident walked around the street with tears welling in her eyes. She looked up and down the road as if help would come from somewhere else and fix it all -- as if it might have just been a bad dream and she would soon wake up.

By 8:30 p.m., twilight had settled in and the fire crew cut on a large flood light to continue their work. Assistant Chief Golden said they still would have at least an hour of work left to clean up the scene.

Neighbors reported that the cat had been inside the home when the blaze started, and asked if anyone sees a gray cat wandering the streets of Warrenton Lakes they should try and contact the resident.

Sheriff's investigators were on the scene as the cause the of the fire is still undetermined.

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