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Posted on: November 8, 2018

Basement Fire Displaces Ashburn Family

For Additional Information:
Laura Rinehart, Public Information Officer
[email protected] or 571-233-1649
November 8, 2018


For Immediate Release:
Basement Fire Displaces Ashburn Family

The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office determined that Tuesday morning’s basement fire at a residence in Ashburn was accidental, caused by a malfunctioning laptop battery.

Just before 10:15 a.m., Tuesday, November 6th, the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center received a 9-1-1 call from a resident reporting smoke coming from their basement. Fire and rescue units from Moorefield, Ashburn, Dulles South, Brambleton, and Leesburg along with command and safety officers were dispatched to the residence located in the 43,000 block of Lucketts Bridge Circle.   

Firefighters arrived on the scene and found significant smoke showing from the rear basement entrance of a large, detached single family home. The first arriving engine officer immediately requested additional resources bringing units from Moorefield, Sterling Park, and Dulles Airport. Emergency personnel were met outside by the homeowner who had safely self-evacuated prior to our arrival. The home was equipped with working smoke alarms that were sounding as firefighters made their way inside.

Once firefighters entered the home, they quickly located and extinguished an active fire in the basement. As crews worked to put out the fire, other firefighters searched the rest of the home to ensure the fire had not spread beyond the basement and into the walls or attic space. Crews remained on scene to overhaul and ventilate the residence and assist the Fire Marshal’s Office with their investigation.

The Fire Marshal’s Office determined fire resulted in approximately $100,000 in damages to the structure and an additional $100,000 in damages to the contents.

Two adults and one canine have been displaced. There were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries.



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