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Posted on: September 13, 2022

Fire Marshal’s Office Makes Arrest in Sterling Fire

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On Monday, September 12, 2022, the Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Fire Marshal’s Office (LCFR-FMO) arrested Julian Darius Karapetkov on six felony warrants for a fire that occurred earlier this month on Whittingham Circle in Sterling.

Just after 4:00 a.m. on September 4, 2022, the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call reporting a house fire on Whittingham Circle. Fire and rescue units from Loudoun and Fairfax Counties responded to find two vehicles on fire in the driveway and fire showing from the front of the residence. 

Firefighters worked quickly to extinguish the fire and search for additional hazards. Two occupants had evacuated upon hearing loud explosions from the vehicle fire and were located safely outside. There were no injuries to first responders. Damages to the vehicles and home are estimated at $200,000. 

While performing the fire origin and cause investigation, evidence was found indicating an accelerant had been used to intentionally set two vehicles and the house on fire.

After consultation with the Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, Mr. Karapetkov was charged with violating the following sections of the Code of Virginia: §18.2-32 Attempted Murder in the commission of arson (2 counts), §18.2-77; Burning or destroying dwelling house, etc.; §18.2-81. Burning or destroying personal property, standing grain, etc. exceeding $1,000 (2 counts); and §18.2-32 Stalking. He is currently being held on no bond at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center. 

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