Fire Marshal’s from Loudoun County Fire and Rescue (LCFR) offer safety tips after an electrical fire displaced two families in Lovettsville.
At approximately 4:30 AM, Saturday, July 16, 2022, the Loudoun County Emergency Communication Center received a 911 call reporting a possible structure fire on East Broad Way in Lovettsville. Fire and rescue crews arrived on scene to find fire and smoke showing from a two-story residence that was converted into two apartments. Firefighters confirmed there was active fire on the second floor and attic and located all residents safely outside.
Firefighters quickly made entry to the structure and used hose lines to extinguish the fire in the attic and second floor. Fire and rescue crews remained on the scene conducting overhaul and ventilation of the apartments. One occupant from the second-floor apartment was evaluated for a medical emergency by paramedics on scene but did not require emergency transport. A total of 4 adults were displaced and are being assisted by the Red Cross.
LCFR Fire Marshals have classified the fire as accidental, due to an electrical malfunction within the attic space wiring. Smoke alarms were present and functional but did not immediately sound as the fire originated above the living space. Damages to the structure are estimated at $150,000.
To protect your family from electrical fires, ensure that all electrical work is done and inspected by a qualified electrician in accordance with all local permitting requirements. Immediately call a qualified electrician if you experience any of the following:
- Frequent problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuit breakers
- A tingling feeling when you touch an electrical appliance
- Discolored or warm wall outlets
- A burning or rubbery smell coming from an appliance
- Flickering or dimming lights
- Sparks from an outlet
Take a moment to complete the National Fire Protection Associations Electrical Fire Safety Checklist to ensure that your home is protected against electrical fires. To obtain additional information on fire prevention and life safety, please visit Loudoun.gov/FireMarshal.