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Posted on: October 5, 2022

Accidental Fire Destroys Purcellville Barn and Injures One Firefighter

Barn Fire in Purcellville on October 4, 2022

One firefighter injured and transported to the hospital during response to a barn fire in Purcellville. No other individuals or animals were reported injured. 

At 7:58 a.m., Tuesday, October 4, 2022, the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call reporting a barn on fire in the 18000 block of Silcott Springs Road in Purcellville. Loudoun County Fire and Rescue units from Purcellville, Philomont, Round Hill, and Hamilton fire stations were dispatched. 

Fire and rescue crews arrived on the scene to find an approximately 100 feet by 40 feet barn on fire. Firefighters extinguished the fire within 90 minutes and remained on the scene to perform salvage and overhaul operations. 

The Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Fire Marshal’s Office investigation determined that the fire was accidental, caused by an unspecified electrical event from wiring exposure on the second floor of the barn. The damages to the barn and its contents are estimated at $401,280. Fortunately, no residents were displaced and there are no reported injuries to residents or animals. One firefighter received minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital. 

To protect your family and pets from electrical fires, ensure that all electrical work is done and inspected by a qualified electrician in accordance with all local permitting requirements. When performing electrical work remember to obtain all required permits from Loudoun County Building and Development. Immediately call a qualified electrician if you experience any of the following: 

  • Frequent problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuit breakers 
  • A tingling feeling when you touch an electrical appliance 
  • Discolored or warm wall outlets 
  • A burning or rubbery smell coming from an appliance 
  • Flickering or dimming lights 
  • Sparks from an outlet 

For more information on fire prevention, please visit loudoun.gov/firemarshal or contact Lisa Braun, Public Education Manager, at 571-258-3222. 

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