The historic two-story frame house at Green Road and Slate Mills Road, many years ago a country store, burned to the ground Monday morning in a fire authorities say was likely caused by an electrical problem. Shortly after 8, firefighters said, Jan Thomas, who has shared the house with companion Steve Green (whose family has owned the property for generations), noticed flames on or above the front porch. She and Green were able to escape out the back; by the time firefighters arrived less than 10 minutes after the call came, the entire structure was engulfed; the fire spread to two vehicles and an outbuilding, all total losses, and the heat was so intense that crews had to park their equipment 50 feet away. Sperryville Volunteer Fire Company fought the blaze with help from Washington VFR, Castleton Community VFC, volunteer fire crews and tankers from Salem and Madison, and Sperryville Volunteer Rescue Squad. The victims’ family and friends have created a donation page at www.gofundme.com/nkkz4k to help Green and Thomas recover from the loss.