News & Announcements

Fire and Rescue

Posted on: May 4, 2022

Lithium-Ion Battery Causes Fire in Leesburg

NEWS ALERTS 365 230 px

Investigators from the Loudoun County Fire and Rescue (LCFR) Fire Marshal’s Office (FMO) have classified a fire in Leesburg on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, as accidental, caused by a failure of a lithium-ion battery pack during a charging cycle. The fire caused an estimated $5 million dollars in damages. 

At approximately 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center (ECC) received a 911 call from a homeowner reporting a fire in their outbuilding on Woodburn Rd in Leesburg. Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System units from Hamilton, Leesburg, Aldie, Purcellville, Lansdowne, and Moorefield Station were dispatched to the incident along with numerous command officers. The first unit to arrive on the scene reported a large 40 x 40-foot outbuilding heavily involved in fire with all residents located safely on the exterior. This area of Leesburg does not have hydrants, so additional tankers were requested to supply water to the scene. Crews deployed numerous hand lines to contain and extinguish the outbuilding fire and fire that had spread to nearby trees and brush. 

Following an investigation by LCFR-FMO the fire was determined to be accidental, caused by a failure of a lithium-ion battery pack during a charging cycle. The fire caused an estimated $5 million dollars in damages. There were no reported injuries to civilians or firefighters. 

Within the past twelve months, Loudoun County has investigated seven fires who’s cause can be directly tied to charging lithium batteries These fires have caused over $6.8 million dollars in damages. Loudoun County Fire and Rescue urges residents to help prevent similar fires by: 

  • Always keeping batteries, charging cords, and charging devices clear of flammable or combustible materials. 
  • Monitoring any battery or device that is being charged during the entire charging cycle. 
  • Stopping use of batteries immediately if you notice an odd odor, change in color or shape, excessive heat from the battery when in use or charging, leaks, or odd noises. If it is safe to do so, move the device away from anything that can catch fire or relocate the device outside the home and call 911. 
  • Always following the manufacturer’s instructions, and only using the battery and charging cord that is designed for the device. 
  • Ensuring all cords and wires are not damaged or worn. 

For additional fire prevention and life safety information, please visit Loudoun.gov/fireprevention or call our Public Education Manager Lisa Braun at 571-258-3222. 

###

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Fire and Rescue

Heating Safety 2022 NF

Home Heating Safety

Posted on: December 7, 2022
Image of holiday cooking fire safety graphic

Cooking Safety During the Holiday Season

Posted on: November 22, 2022
October 2022 Fire Prevention Month Events NF

October 2022 Fire Prevention Month Events

Posted on: September 29, 2022
Barn Fire - Lincoln Rd - Mulch 9-20-22 NF.jpg

Accidental Fire Destroys Purcellville Barn

Posted on: September 21, 2022
NEWS and ALERTS newsflash 2

Electrical Failure Causes Sterling Fire

Posted on: February 18, 2022
Holiday Fire Safety Newsflash

Holiday Fire Safety Checklist

Posted on: December 2, 2019
Image of holiday cooking fire safety graphic

Cooking Safely During the Holiday Season

Posted on: November 25, 2019
Fire prevention month 2019

October Fire Prevention Month Events

Posted on: October 2, 2019
pool safety pic

Pool and Water Safety!

Posted on: May 21, 2019

Fatal House Fire in Lovettsville

Posted on: December 11, 2017

Ashburn Fire Displaces Family of Five

Posted on: December 9, 2017

Carbon Monoxide Safety Precautions

Posted on: December 8, 2017

Do You Have a Home Escape Plan?

Posted on: October 5, 2017

October Fire Prevention Month Events

Posted on: September 29, 2017