Mount Jackson, VA – A suspected explosion from a propane tank leak destroyed a house in Mount Jackson on Sunday evening but no injuries were reported, officials with the Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue Department said Monday.
Deputy Chief of Operations Bill Streett said the home at 815 Hawkins Road was destroyed but because it was being renovated no one was home at the time of the fire.
The department received a call at 4:16 p.m. Sunday for a propane tank on fire, Streett said. Units arrived shortly after the call and had the fire under control before 6 p.m.
Streett said the building was a two-story farmhouse built in the late 1800s. Next to the house was a small wooden structure that separated the house from a produce market building that the farm had used as a commercial space. Streett said when the propane tank leak caused an explosion, it blew one of the doors roughly 60 feet into the parking lot of the produce market.
Crews attempted to contain the fire to prevent it from spreading to the smaller wooden structure and leaping to the market, Streett said.
Preliminary investigations haven’t told officials what caused the fire, Streett said.
Although no civilians were injured, Streett said two firefighters were transported to the hospital and treated for heat exhaustion.
On top of battling the structure fire, Streett said one of the biggest challenges Sunday was managing firefighter safety due to the heatwave sweeping the state. At times, Streett said, there were as many people taking care of each other to make sure no one was fighting the flames.
Crews from Woodstock, Mount Jackson, Edinburg, Conicville, New Market and Orkney Springs helped with the fire, Streett said.
Streett said he didn’t have an estimate on the total value lost in the fire but said the house was destroyed.