A single-family home fire in the Farmwell Hunt Community of Ashburn critically injures one and displaces a family of four in the Ashburn District of Loudoun County on early Friday morning.
At approximately 4:45 a.m. on Friday, March 12, 2021, fire and rescue units from Ashburn, Moorefield, Lansdowne, Sterling, Kincora, Leesburg, and Fairfax County, along with numerous command staff officers, responded to a fire in a single-family home. Loudoun County’s Emergency Communications Center (ECC) received a 9-1-1 call from an occupant of the home reporting a fire in the basement of the residence with someone believed to be trapped inside of the structure.
Firefighters arrived on scene and confirmed a working fire in the 21300 Block of Keane Court. First arriving units found a two-story, single-family structure with a large volume of fire presenting from the rear of the structure, extending to the attic and roof areas. Based upon the information from the caller, crews conducted an immediate search for any occupants still inside the structure while simultaneously deploying hose lines to extinguish the large volume of fire. Shortly after initiating the search for occupants, an adult female was located within the fire area and removed from the structure. Fire and rescue personnel initiated immediate advanced life support care to the victim who was transported to the hospital with critical injuries. Once the fire was determined to be under control and all occupants were removed from the structure, crews transitioned to overhaul operations to ensure the fire was completely extinguished. Five occupants were in the home at the time of the fire and all five were evaluated and treated at area hospitals. One firefighter received a minor injury and was also transported to a hospital for evaluation and treatment. Two dogs were also found deceased inside of the home. The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office investigation determined that the fire was accidental, caused by an unattended candle inside the home. The home did have smoke alarms and alerted the occupants. The estimated damages to the structure and contents are $695,000.
Fire Marshals remind residents to stay vigilant and only use candles in a safe manner. Candles should be placed on a sturdy, nonflammable surface, away from children, pets and anything that can burn. Candles require constant supervision by an adult, and you must ensure that candles are completely extinguished before leaving the area. A safer alternative is using flameless candles that still look and smell like real candles.
“Even though smoke alarms were present in this home, this incident is also a prime example of when alerted to a fire, occupants should immediate exit the structure according to their established home escape plan. To make an escape plan, draw a map of your home and show two ways out of each room, remembering a window may be the second way out. Pick out a meeting place where you and your family will meet and practice the escape plan with your entire family twice a year” said System Chief Keith Johnson. Remember that smoke alarms are your first defense against home fires, protecting you and your family 24 hours a day. If your smoke alarms are not working, or over ten years old or you have questions about your smoke alarms, the Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System can help. Our Smoke Alarm Program offers home safety inspections and smoke alarms to Loudoun County residents at no charge.
Visit loudoun.gov/smokealarms or call 703-737-8600 for more information.