Cabin collapses and nearby woods burn in a Friday night fire in rural Amherst County

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AMHERST COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – A report of a camping fire turned out to be far more than firefighters expected.

The initial call for the campground fire went out shortly after 7:30 p.m. Friday night on Blue Ridge Lane in Amherst County.

Several teams from the Big Island Volunteer Fire Company and the Amherst Monelison Fire Department responded.

Access to the fire proved difficult due to the remoteness of the fire.

A social media post says brushing platforms that were to use 4-wheel drive were the only units that could access the blaze.

When these teams arrived at the scene, they discovered that a hunting cabin had completely collapsed and the fire was spreading through the woods.

A nearby owner saw smoke coming from the blaze and was helping the owners of the cabin to fight the blaze in order to slow it down.

The crews were forced to make several trips to the main road to fill up with water from the tanker, but were eventually able to extinguish the remaining fire in the woods as well as the remaining fire from the collapsed cabin.

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