Fire Marshals from Loudoun County Fire and Rescue (LCFR) are resharing important electrical safety warnings from industry experts after a single-family home caught fire early Wednesday morning.
At 4:41 a.m. on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, fire and rescue units from Brambleton, Dulles South, Moorefield, Ashburn and Kincora were dispatched to the 23,000 block of Higbee Lane for a reported house fire. 911 callers told dispatchers that there was fire on the outside of the house near the HVAC units.
Firefighters arrived on scene to find smoke and flames extending up an exterior wall of the home and immediately worked to extinguish the fire. Additional fire and rescue crews made entry to the home and searched for occupants and checked for fire extension. The quick action of fire crews greatly limited the fire spread, however there was some extension to the kitchen area as well as significant smoke and water damage throughout the home. The residence was not occupied at the time of the incident so there were no civilians injured. One firefighter was treated and released after a minor injury.
The LCFR Fire Marshal’s Office investigation into the fire determined the fire to be accidental due to an electrical failure within the electrical disconnect feeding the two exterior HVAC units and estimated damages at $339,000. Specifically, the failure occurred in an electrical surge suppressor that experts had flagged as dangerous to consumers in 2016, and again in 2019. Several fire reports surfaced on http://www.saferproducts.gov/ and UL Solutions has issued public notices recommending that consumers stop using these products immediately. For a link to the UL Solutions public notice, please visit UL Reissues Warning of Potentially Hazardous Surge Protectors.
For additional fire and life safety information, please visit www.loudoun.gov/fireprevention or call the LCFR Fire Marshal’s Office at 703-737-8600.