Cabin collapses, nearby woods burn in Friday evening fire in rural section of Amherst County

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

(Image courtesy of the Big Island Volunteer Fire Company).

AMHERST COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – A report of a campsite fire turned out to be much more than firefighters bargained for in Amherst County Friday night.

According to a Facebook post from Big Island Volunteer Fire Company Inc., the initial call for the campsite fire was made shortly after 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5 on Blue Ridge Lane in Amherst County.

Several crews with the Big Island Volunteer Fire Company and the Amherst Monelison Fire Department responded. However, access to the fire proved to be difficult due to the remote location of the fire.

The social media post indicates that brush rigs that had to use four-wheel drive were the only units that could access the blaze.

When those crews arrived at the scene, they found a hunting cabin had completely collapsed and the fire was spreading through the woods.

A property owner nearby saw smoke from the fire and was assisting owners of the cabin in fighting the fire in an effort to slow it down.

Crews were forced to make several trips back to the main road to fill up with water from the tanker, but were ultimately able to extinguish the remaining fire in the woods, as well as the remaining fire from the collapsed cabin.

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