City House Fire Contained

Blaze Engulfs Roof Of Clara Court Home, Melts Neighbor’s Siding

Posted: June 30, 2014

Residents look on as crews from the Harrisonburg Fire Department contain a house fire at 175 Clara Court on Sunday afternoon. (Photos by Bryan Gilkerson / DN-R)
Firefighters search for remaining hot spots in the house, which suffered extensive damage.
No injuries occurred in the blaze that brought out seven trucks from three companies.

HARRISONBURG — Firefighters from three companies responded to a west-side house fire Sunday afternoon that left extensive damage but caused no injuries.

First responders received the call about the blaze at 175 Clara Court at 3:22 p.m., according to Chief Larry Shifflett of the Harrisonburg Fire Department.

He said the fire appeared to have started on the exterior of the structure before engulfing much of the roof. An investigation is ongoing to determine a specific cause.

Amir Jabeur, 12, was riding his bicycle through the subdivision when he witnessed the fire.

“I saw the smoke, then it burst into flames …  and then I just saw all of the firetrucks,” Jabeur said.

Though the fire was contained in about 20 minutes, Shifflett estimated that the damage to the house was between $150,000 and $200,000.

The heat of the fire was so intense that it melted the siding of an adjacent residence, causing a further $4,000 to $5,000 in damage, Shifflett said.

In addition to the four engines and ladder truck from HFD, crews from Hose Company No. 4 and Bridgewater Volunteer Fire Company also assisted in containing the blaze.

Members of the city’s police department and rescue squad were also on hand.

Contact Bryan Gilkerson at 574-6267 or

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