Fire Marshal Says Ashburn House Fire Intentional

Fire Marshal Says Ashburn House Fire Intentional

The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office, with the assistance of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, has determined that the house fire on Nov. 22 at 19868 Belmont Ridge Road was intentionally started on the deck of the home. The individuals involved in the incident have been identified and referred to juvenile services for prosecution. Charges are pending.

Just after 6 a.m., a passerby called 9-1-1 to report flames coming from a vacant home on Belmont Ridge Road in Ashburn.

Firefighters from Leesburg, Kincora, Moorefield, Lansdowne, Ashburn, Cascades, Hamilton and Fairfax County responded to find a two-story, single family home with extensive fire and smoke coming from the structure. Crews attacked the fire from outside the house due to the advanced state of the fire and deteriorated conditions inside. A significant collapse made going inside unsafe for firefighters, Fire and Rescue officials said.

The fire was extinguished approximately 20 minutes after initial fire and rescue crews arrived although they remained on scene for two hours extinguishing hot spots and assisting the Fire Marshal’s Office.

No fire and rescue personnel were injured. The Fire Marshal’s investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing but damage estimates have been estimated at $285,000.