The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office ruled that the early-morning house fire Nov. 12 on Sterling Boulevard was caused by an electrical malfunction in the engine compartment of a vehicle parked in the home’s carport.
Fire and rescue crews from Sterling Park, Cascades, Kincora and Fairfax County responded about 5 a.m. on Nov. 12 to the 500 block of North Sterling Boulevard for a structure fire. Firefighters found a two-story, single-family residence with a large amount of fire and smoke coming from an attached carport. The fire had spread from the carport, up the exterior of the home into to the attic and roof.
Additional resources were requested and firefighters extinguished the fire in the carport as others worked to extinguish the fire in the attic. Other crews positioned hose lines next to the adjacent homes to protect them from heat and fire. After extinguishing the fire in the carport and attic, firefighters performed extensive overhaul inside the home to ensure no fire had spread to other areas.
There were no injuries reported. The residents had safely evacuated the home after being alerted to the fire by a neighbor. The home was equipped with functional smoke alarms that were sounding as first responders arrived on scene.
The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office investigation concluded that the fire was accidental, caused by an electrical failure in the compartment of a vehicle parked in the home’s attached carport. Damage to the home was extensive, displacing the three residents who will be staying with family. The Fire Marshal’s damage estimate is $520,000 and includes the involved residence as well as minor damages to the two adjacent home