On December 8, 2016 at 07:05 the Swoope Volunteer Fire Company was dispatched to a structure fire on Elliott Street. Upon arrival of fire units, Staunton Engine 2 under the Command of Lt Humes advised the dispatch center that a house was "on the ground." Swoope Fire Chief Kevin Wilkes was on scene directly behind Engine 2 along with Swoope Engine 14-5. Command was transferred to Chief Wilkes.
It was learned that this structure had been mostly demolished a few days prior to call, but now some of the debris was on fire. Units spent several hours on scene mitigating incident. Other units called to the scene; Augusta County Fire Rescue, Augusta County Sheriff Office and Virginia State Police.