On Wednesday, January 5, 2022, a fire likely caused by a battery pack failure displaced 10 people from their home. The fire originated in a work area on a porch, which was used for repairing computers and laptops.
At approximately 11:26 p,m., Wednesday, January 5, 2022, Loudoun County Fire and Rescue units from Sterling Park, Cascades, and Kincora District and fire and rescue units from Fairfax County were dispatched to a house fire in the 100 block of Sexton Court in Sterling Park. Original 9-1-1 calls indicated that there were possibly people trapped in the home. Upon arrival fire crews were able to quickly confirm that everyone was accounted for and had already exited the home safely.
Engine 611 from Sterling Park arrived on the scene at 11:30 p.m. (approximately 4-minutes after being dispatched) and reported a two-story single-family dwelling with smoke and fire showing from the first floor, the exterior, and the attic level. A Rapid Intervention Task Force was requested, which brought additional resources from the Metro Washington Airport Authority and Fairfax County to the scene.
Fire personnel began attacking the fire from the exterior of the home, then transitioned to an interior fire attack. Most of the fire was under control within 10-minutes, and the fire was prevented from extending to neighboring homes. The fire originated in a work area on an exterior porch, which was used for repairing computers and laptops. There were no reported injuries.
The Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Fire Marshal’s Office investigation determined that the fire was accidental, likely caused by a battery pack failure. Fire damages are estimated to be $425,680. 10 people were displaced due to the fire and are staying locally with family.
Fire moves fast. You may only have three minutes or less to escape once a fire starts in your home. A few simple acts can save your life in the event of a home fire:
Closed doors can reduce fire growth, limit damage to your home, keep temperatures down, and can even save your life if you become trapped and unable to escape the fire. According to UL’s Fire Safety Research Institute, 50% of house fires happen between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. making it especially important to close your bedroom door before you sleep. Closing your doors before you go to sleep not only slows the spread of the fire, but it also helps keeps smoke and heat out of your bedroom. A closed door could be the difference between life and death if a fire happens in your home.