The Loudoun County Fire Marshal has determined that the Lovettsville garage fire on Feb. 8 that spread into nearby woods was accidental and the result of an electrical failure. Damage was estimated damages at $135,000.
The Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center received a call around 1 p.m. reporting an outside fire in the 12000 block of Beech Grove Lane. The initial caller reported seeing smoke, and eventually flames, coming from the wooded area to the rear of the structure.
When the first engine arrived to investigate, crews found the large, detached garage engulfed in flames, and fire spreading rapidly into the wooded areas of the property, Loudoun Fire and Rescue Public Information Officer Laura Rinehart said. The call was upgraded to a structure fire bringing additional units from Lucketts, Leesburg, Lovettsville, Philomont, Aldie, Purcellville, and Frederick County, Maryland.
The property’s location in a non-hydrated, forested area required additional water tankers and smaller brush trucks for access.
As firefighters attacked the fire in the garage, they simultaneously protected the adjacent areas, including a single family home. There were no persons home at the time of the fire, but firefighters rescued two goats, Gunther and Bo, from their pen next to the garage, Rinehart said.
The crews worked for about four and a half hours to ensure extinguishment of the garage fire and the fire that spread to adjacent woods, Rinehart said.
There were no injuries to any civilians or firefighters as a result of the incident, Rinehart said.