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Posted on: February 4, 2020

Family of Three Escapes from a Leesburg Single-Family Home Fire

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A single-family home fire in the Potomac Station community of Leesburg displaces a family of three in Loudoun County on late Monday evening. 

At approximately 11:15 p.m. on Monday, February 3, 2020, fire and rescue units from Lansdowne, Leesburg, Ashburn, Kincora, Moorefield and Fairfax County, along with various command staff officers, responded to a fire in a single-family home. Loudoun County’s Emergency Communications Center (ECC) received a 911 call from an individual reporting that they could see a house on fire to the rear of their residence, believed to be located on Rocky Ridge Court. The ECC began receiving additional 911 calls reporting fire coming from the 2nd floor of the structure. 

Firefighters arrived on scene and confirmed a working fire in the 43000 Block of Rocky Ridge Court. The first arriving units found a two-story, single-family structure with a large volume of fire presenting from the roof. Crews were able to quickly confirm that all occupants were safely out of the home. With all occupants out of the house, a large caliber master stream was placed in service which quickly extinguished a large portion of the fire from the exterior. Crews then entered the structure with hose lines to extinguish the remaining fire. The fire was mostly contained to the attic of the home. Once the fire was determined to be under control, crews transitioned to salvage operations in an attempt to limit the damage to the remaining portions of the home. There were no reported injuries to citizens or first responders. 

The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office has determined the cause of the fire to be a mechanical failure of the HVAC system located in the attic. Damage to the home is estimated at $350,000. 

This home was equipped with working smoke alarms which alerted the occupants. “This incident is a prime example of the benefits of having working smoke alarms and a home escape plan. To make an escape plan, draw a map of your home and show two ways out of each room, remembering a window may be the second way out. Pick out a meeting place where you and your family will meet and practice the escape plan with your entire family twice a year,” said System Chief Keith Johnson. 

To learn more about fire prevention activities and education in Loudoun County, visit loudoun.gov/firemarshal or call 703-737-8600. 

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