Just before 10:15 a.m. Feb. 12 the Loudoun County Emergency Communication Center received multiple 9-1-1 calls reporting smoke and flames coming from an apartment complex located at 45090 Brae Terrace.
Fire and Rescue crews from Lansdowne, Sterling Park, Cascades, Ashburn, Leesburg and Kincora responded to the scene, along with multiple command officers and command staff. Upon arrival, firefighters encountered significant fire through the roof of the two-story apartment building, Loudoun Fire and Rescue Public Information Officer Laura Rinehart said. On-scene personnel requested a second alarm, which brought additional units from Sterling Park, Leesburg, Ashburn, Kincora, and Fairfax County.
As residents evacuated the building, firefighters entered the structure to attack the fire from the inside. The fire spread to the attic and into neighboring apartments, requiring crews to back out while elevated master streams directed water onto the fire from above.
Crews were able to re-enter the building and extinguish the remaining fire. Firefighters remain on scene to perform overhaul operations to get behind the drywall and into the ceiling to ensure there are no hidden hot spots, Rinehart said.
The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office is also on scene conducting an investigation. Representatives from the Loudoun County Office of Emergency Management and the American Red Cross responded to the scene to assist displaced residents. Several auxiliary units, the Mobile Air Unit from Philomont, the Canteen from Sterling, and the Mobile Ambulance Bus from Moorefield, also responded to the incident scene to provide support services for units on the scene.
There are no reported civilian injuries as a result of the fire; however, one firefighter was transported to a local hospital for evaluation, Rinehart said.
The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.