Just before 3:00 a.m., Sunday, October 6, 2019, the Loudoun Emergency Communications Center (ECC) received a 9-1-1 call for a possible house fire in the 200 block of Giles Place in Sterling. Loudoun County fire and rescue crews from Cascades, Kincora, Sterling Park, Ashburn, Leesburg, and Fairfax County, as well as Command Staff responded to the scene. Additional information from 9-1-1 callers indicated that a person was possibly trapped inside the townhouse.
Firefighters arrived to find smoke coming from a two-story townhouse and requested a Rapid Intervention Task Force and second alarm for assistance. Emergency crews found one adult outside the residence suffering from burn injuries. The patient was immediately transported by ambulance to the Burn Center at MedStar Washington Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Firefighters aggressively attacked the fire from both the interior and exterior of the townhouse and continued searching for additional occupants. Fire and rescue crews quickly located an adult male who was brought outside to waiting EMS crews. Paramedics immediately began advanced life support care and transported the victim to a local hospital with life threatening injuries. The adult male was pronounced dead at the hospital. One resident refused medical treatment on the scene.
The fire was extinguished quickly, avoiding fire damage to the adjacent townhomes. The fire is under investigation by the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office in conjunction with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.