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Posted on: February 14, 2022

Early Morning House Fire Displaces South Riding Residents

Chimney Fire - Aythorne Lane 2-14-22 Side A-D

Fire Marshals from Loudoun County Fire and Rescue determine an early morning house fire that displaced two South Riding residents was accidental. 

At approximately 4:00 a.m., Monday, February 14, 2022, the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center (ECC) received a 911 call from a homeowner reporting a fire in their home on Aythorne Lane in South Riding.  

Loudoun County Fire and Rescue units from Dulles South, Brambleton, Kirkpatrick Farms, Ashburn, and Fairfax County, VA were dispatched to the call along with numerous command officers. Firefighters arrived on the scene to find a two-story, single-family home with significant fire from the garage. 

Firefighters confirmed that all occupants were out of the structure and rapidly advanced multiple hose lines into the home. Crews worked to extinguish the fire that was quickly spreading from the garage into the living areas. After the fire was extinguished, firefighters remained on scene performing overhaul and salvage operations and assisting the Fire Marshal’s with their investigation. 

The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office investigation determined the fire to be accidental, caused when fire escaped the fire box or flue into the chimney enclosure, and extended into the home. Damages are estimated at $555,000. No civilian or first responder injuries were reported. Two adult occupants were displaced and are being assisted by the American Red Cross. 

As cold temperatures continue to impact our area, be sure to prevent a fire in your home by practicing these fire safety tips:

  • Have your chimney or heating appliance cleaned and inspected annually by a qualified professional.  Cleaning your chimney regularly reduces the amount of creosote and soot buildup which can cause sparks.  
  • Use seasoned hardwood as fuel for the fire as soft wood such as pine or cedar is more likely to generate excess smoke, pop and throw sparks.
  • Chimneys should have a spark arrester installed.  Spark arresters usually have a metal screen that prevents sparks from getting out of the chimney and causing any fire safety issues. 
  • Soak ashes thoroughly with water and always let ashes cool before disposing of them into a closed metal container.  
  • The metal container should be kept outside, a safe distance away from your any structures.

 For more information on fire safety and prevention programs, contact the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office at 703-737-8600 or visit www.loudoun.gov/firemarshal.


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