Photos: Fire at the welding shop

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.

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  1. It is very comforting to know there are such great volunteers at the Washington Fire Dept. They are devoted and commited to serving the community. I hope the new Chief Mr. Gary Jenkins is appreciated for all his fantastic efforts, and continue to have the support of the community, Great job everybody, keep up that spirit, we love you and wish you the absolute best.

  2. I’m glad the store is still up and running! The new manager is good at what she does (store is always spotless and well stocked!). the manager and the rest of the clerks make the store a nice place to go to for lunch and pizzas.

    The community is very sorry for Rick’s loss and hope it won’t be long before he is back working.

  3. Really glad the convenience store there is OK. Those people are so nice, and they have lotto and beer.

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