Carrollton Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched 0516 Sunday 30 June 2013 to a reported "large fire" near the end of Riverpoint Trail in the Carrollton area of Isle of Wight County. Smithfield Volunteer Fire Dept. was simultaneously dispatched "automatic aide" in accordance with county "structure fire" protocol. Responding units were advised that the residence was unoccupied and had been for sale almost four years. First arriving Carrollton volunteer reported a large two-story house fully involved with fire. Water tanker apparatus from neighboring mutual aide districts in Rushmere, Windsor and Chuckatuck were requested immediately by Carrollton volunteer Fire Chief Joel Acree who arrived along with SVFD Engine-50 and assumed scene command. Carrollton VFD unit Quint-10 and Smithfield VFD Engine-52 arrived and 500 feet of five-inch water supply line was laid down the driveway to the home. SVFD Engine-51, CVFD Rescue-10 and Engine-10 arrived in quick succession to establish a drop tank water point at the entrance to the single lane access into the fireground. Suffolk (Chuckatuck) Fire Dept. Tanker-9, Rushmere VFD Tanker-30 and Windsor VFD Tanker-40 arrived and established a shuttle water supply operation to the drop tank from hydrants some five miles away near the Eagle Harbor sub-division of Carrollton. Because of the heavy commitment of Carrollton apparatus, a backfill fire-attack unit was requested from Suffolk Station-5 and the engine arrived at Station-10 at 0615. Dominion Power was requested and arrived to secure electrical supply and Virginia State Police fire investigator arrived to assess cause of fire. Fire suppression operations continued unabated for two hours by CVFD and SVFD crews due to the large and intense nature of the fire. At 0833 scene command was transferred to Carrollton VFD volunteer Assistant Chief George Rawls who supervised extensive overhaul operations until 1101 when command was terminated. Two rekindles of the fire later in the day required the response of additional Carrollton VFD apparatus and crews and final departure from the scene was not until 1935.

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