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Posted on: July 10, 2018

Sterling Townhouse Fire Results in $100,000 in Damages

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For Additional Information:
Laura Rinehart, Public Information Officer
[email protected] or 571-233-1649
July 10, 2018

For Immediate Release:
Sterling Townhouse Fire Results in $100,000 in Damages

Sterling, VA. – An accidental fire early this morning displaces several residents and does significant damage to a Sterling home.

At 2:07a.m.Tuesday, July 10th, the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center received a 9-1-1 call reporting a fire on the deck of a townhouse in the 1000 block of Warwick Court. Fire and rescue units from Sterling Park, Cascades, Kincora, Moorefield, and Fairfax County, along with various command and safety officers responded to the call.  Firefighters arrived on scene and reported active fire on the rear of a townhouse. Immediately a Level I Rapid Intervention Team was requested, bringing additional Fire and Rescue units from Ashburn and Fairfax County.  

Firefighters entered the home and found a fire on the second floor deck that was extending to the interior of the home. Crews quickly extinguished the fire then conducted salvage and overhaul operations to ensure that fire had not spread to any other areas of the home. Firefighters remained on the scene to ventilate smoke from the adjoining townhomes and assisted with checking on the welfare of the residents.

The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office conducted an investigation and determined the cause to be accidental, due to the improper storage of a used patio torch. Three residents were displaced from the home and damages are estimated at $100,000. There were no injuries to fire and rescue personnel or civilians.

If you use patio torches or similar appliances at your residence, please follow the safety tips below:

•   Equally space your patio torches throughout your backyard or patio. 

•   Do not place torches under trees, overhangs or near any flammable materials. 

•   Position torches at least 6 feet away from the house or other structures. 

•   Place torches 6 to 8 inches into the ground or use a torch stake or stand for extra stability.

•   To extinguish or snuff the fire out, place a cap or similar object on the wick until flame is entirely suffocated.

•   Once flame extinguished, remove cap allowing wick to completely cool before storing or discarding the torch.

•   Oil can remain in the torches when not in use.

•   Store torches in a secure, up-right position so torches do not tip.

•   Keep torches out of the reach of children and pets. 

•   Torches and torch fuel are safety stored outside, but fuel should be protected from freezing.


Photo credit: Sterling Volunteer Fire Company

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