Four Injured In Fire At South River Market

Darryl Woodson

UPDATED 1 p.m.- Richard Garletts of the Virginia State Police issued the following statement:

At approximately 9:50 this morning, Rockbridge County Sheriff’s Office and Rockbridge County Fire and Rescue were called to the scene of an explosion.  The incident occurred at the South River Market on Old Buena Vista Road at its intersection with South River Road in Rockbridge County.

At the request of the Rockbridge County Sheriff’s Office, the Virginia State police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Salem, is conducting an investigation into the cause of the explosion, and at this time it does not appear suspicious in nature.

At this stage police and fire crews are working to account for all the individuals that may have been located in the building at the time of the explosion. Four adults have been transported to Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital and are being treated for injuries. 

More information will follow as it is obtained.


May 10 - Four people have been transported to Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital and officials are concerned that there still might be others inside the South River Market, which caught fire about 9:40 this morning.

The cause of the fire is unknown, reported Nathan Ramsey, Rockbridge County fire and EMS chief. Firefighters were still trying to bring the fire under control as of 11 a.m.

As a precaution, students, teachers and staff at nearby Mountain View Elementary were evacuated by bus to Rockbridge County High School, where parents are picking their children up. Teachers and staff will be bused back to Mountain View later to pick up their cars.

As firefighters from six local departments continue to work the fire, state police officers and Rockbridge County sheriff’s deputies are on the scene interviewing witnesses.



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