A family of four in Aldie is safe after their home suffered extensive damage from a fire that began the morning of Jan. 7. No one who was in the home or part of the rescue efforts was injured, according to a report from the Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Department.
LCFR personal also rescued the family’s pet pig, Pebbles, who is back safely with its owners.
The fire was contained, but the family will be displaced for the time being, according to the report. The Loudoun County Fire Marshall’s Office is still investigating the cause of the fire.
Just after 9 a.m. Jan. 7, the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center received a 9-1-1 call reporting a fire at a residence on the 40000 block Snickersville Turnpike. The initial caller reported fire and smoke in the garage and was advised to evacuate, the report said.
Firefighters tried to knock down the bulk of the fire and, due to its large size, command staff monitored the structure for potential collapse hazards while crews operated. Afterwards, fire and rescue units remained on scene for an extended amount of time checking for hot spots and performing overhaul operations to ensure the fire was extinguished, the report said.
Fire and rescue crews from Middleburg, Philomont, Brambleton, Aldie and Fauquier County were dispatched for the structure fire following the initial call. Firefighters arrived on scene to find significant fire coming from the garage area of the two story single family home and the residents located safely outside, the report said.
Additional resources were requested, bringing fire and rescue units from Hamilton, Moorefield, Leesburg, South Riding and Metropolitan Washington Airports-Dulles to the scene. Due to the rural area, additional tankers were needed to facilitate rural water operations, the report said. The Medical Ambulance Bus was also requested to provide a rehab area for personnel out of the cold climate.