One person injured, two campers destroyed during Pittsylvania County fire

Southside Virginia News

(Photo: Courtesy Blairs Fire and Rescue)

PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Two campers were destroyed and one person was injured after a fire broke out in Pittsylvania County Thursday afternoon.

At approximately 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 22, Blairs Fire and Rescue says firefighters responded to 593 Keeling Drive — Paradise Lakes Camp Ground — for a report of a structure fire. 

When the first unit arrived on scene, fire officials say they found a camper with heavy smoke and flames, which also caused the camper next to it to catch on fire. 

Since the campers were fully-involved in flames, the department says crews could not make entry.

In addition, the fire had reportedly spread to a wooded lot and towards another camper across the roadway.

(Photo: Courtesy Blairs Fire and Rescue)

According to officials, units brought the fires under control in approximately an hour.

The two campers on fire were deemed total losses, but a third camper was moved away and sustained moderate damage, the department says.

Blairs Fire and Rescue says the owner was home when the fire started and managed to kick out a rear window, escaping with burns to her face and head but still in stable condition as she remained on scene with family members. 

Fire officials say the Red Cross was called to help the families affected by the fire.

However, first responders were unable to rescue two family pets, according to the department.

Blairs Fire and Rescue — which responded with two engines, an ambulance and response vehicle, and 10 staff members — was reportedly assisted at the scene by the Ringgold Fire Department, the Kentuck Fire Department, the Keeling Fire Department, and the Mt. Hermon Fire Department.

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