Loudoun County Fire and Rescue crews will be canvassing a Sterling Park community to offer smoke alarm installations and deliver fire safety messages to residents after two adults escaped from a house fire where there were no working smoke alarms.
At 12:23 a.m. Jan. 14, the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center received a call for a reported house fire in the 400 block of East Staunton Avenue in Sterling Park. The caller said they awoke to find smoke in their house and were advised to evacuate, Fire and Rescue Public Information Officer Laura Rinehart said.
Fire and rescue units from Sterling Park, Kincora, Cascades and Fairfax County responded to the incident. Firefighters arrived on the scene and saw smoke coming from the front door and roof of a single family home. Additional resources were requested from Fairfax and Ashburn.
Firefighters found significant fire on the first and second floors, roof and basement. Crews brought the fire under control and remained on scene to ensure the fire was completely extinguished.
The two adult occupants were able to escape, despite having no working smoke alarms in the house. Both residents were checked out at the scene and one was transported to Reston Hospital and admitted for smoke inhalation. Due to the extent of damages, the family is displaced and will be staying in local housing, Rinehart said.
The Fire Marshal’s Office determined the fire to be accidental and caused by a malfunctioning furnace unit. The estimated is approximately $235,000 in damage to the structure and its contents.
This incident emphasizes one of Fire and Rescue’s most important fire safety messages: every home should have working smoke alarms. The Fire Marshal’s Office recommends that every residence have working alarms on each level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
Fire and Rescue’s “Put a Finger on It” smoke alarm program offers free home safety inspections and smoke alarms to all Loudoun County residents. Fire and Rescue will replace broken or outdated alarms with battery powered alarms at no cost and install additional alarms as necessary.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the department hotline 703-737-8093 or visitwww.loudoun.gov/smokealarms.