Fire crews from Washington, Flint Hill, Sperryville, Amissville, Chester Gap and Castleton fight a blaze at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Rick’s Custom Welding, on U.S. 211 next door to the Hillsdale Grocery just east of Washington. Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Maj. Scott Jenkins said he was first to arrive at the scene and that owner Rick Nawrocki had apparently gone home sometime earlier, and that no one appeared to be in the building. Fire had spread to the roof of two of the three adjacent buildings, and firefighters used a chainsaw to cut through a steel garage door to get inside. Propane tanks behind the building appeared to be a safe distance from the fire, but Jenkins said there were assorted small fuel tanks in the center building. There were no injuries and, as of Wednesday, fire officials said the cause was still undetermined.
Former Rappahannock News editor Roger Piantadosi is a writer and works on web and video projects for Rappahannock Media and his own Synergist Media company. Before joining the News in 2009, he was a staff writer, editor and web developer at The Washington Post for almost 30 years.