Six Displaced in Widewater Fire

At approximately 4:20 P.M. on Wednesday, Stafford County Fire and Rescue (SCFR) units were dispatched for a reported structure fire along Viking Lane in the Widewater area. First arriving units marked on scene less than 10 minutes later and reported heavy fire through the roof of a two story, single family residence. Crews worked quickly to make an aggressive attack and knocked the bulk of the fire down in approximately 10 minutes. Crews had to utilize rural water supply operations to extinguish the fire due to a lack of hydrants in the immediate area.

The occupants were initially alerted to the fire when a child inside the home noticed fire on the front porch and notified an adult. All occupants were able to evacuate the structure prior to the arrival of units. Two occupants were transported to the hospital for evaluation of possible smoke inhalation. The home sustained substantial damage, and two adults and four children as well as their pets are displaced as a result. The occupants are receiving assistance from the American Red Cross. Smoke alarms were present at the time of the fire and were found to be operating properly.

The fire is currently under investigation by the Stafford County Fire Marshal’s Office. SCFR units were assisted on scene by Quantico Fire and Emergency Services.