February 20, 2012
An early morning fire severely damaged multiple units at the Laurelwood Condos at Wintergreen Resort.
Firefighters from the Wintergreen Fire Department were called to the condos shortly before 8 a.m. Monday. CBS19's media partner Nelson County Life reports the units are near The Market, a short drive from the main building of the ski resort.
"The chimney stacks were engulfed in flames, so I immediately went back in the house and said, 'we gotta go'. We grabbed our stuff and our dogs just as the black smoke started billowing into the condo," said condo owner Eric Stamer.
No one was hurt, but a member of the homeowner's association estimates half of the eight units suffered $200,000 worth of damage.
"When they started getting the axes and the sledgehammers out I knew it wasn't going to be good," said Stamer.
It took crews almost three hours to put out the flames, as the weather made fighting the fire a tough job.
"The temperature has been the hardest part to deal with. All of our water lines freezing up and some of our air packs freezing just made it more of a challenge," said Mike Riddle with Wintergreen Fire and Rescue.
The cause of the fire has not been determined, however investigators say it may have started from sparks from a fire place.
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