A Loudoun County family was awakened by smoke alarms early Nov. 26, alerting them to a fire in their home. The family was able to safely evacuate as the fire, which originated in the garage, spread.
The Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center began receiving calls just after 6:15 a.m. Saturday for a house fire at 24740 Carbonate Terrace in the Dulles District of Loudoun County. Fire and rescue crews from South Riding, Brambleton, Moorefield, Aldie, Philomont and Fairfax County responded to the call, Fire and Rescue Public Information Officer Laura Rinehart said.
Firefighters arrived to find an end-of-row, three story townhome with heavy fire coming from the front garage area and extending into the second floor. First responders on the scene confirmed that four people who had been in the home at the time of the fire were able to safely escape, having been alerted by functioning smoke alarms. The occupants of the adjoining townhomes were also able to safely escape, according to Rinehart.
Firefighters were able to prevent the fire from extending into adjacent homes. The home where the fire originated suffered extensive damage. The Fire Marshal’s Office is continuing its investigation but has ruled the fire accidental, originating inside the garage. Damages to the structure, contents, motorcycle and truck parked in driveway are estimated at $450,000. The occupants of the home are displaced and staying locally with family. There were no injuries to firefighters or civilians, Rinehart said.
“Smoke alarms are the first line of defense in alerting a person to the dangers of smoke and fire,” W. Keith Brower, Jr., Chief of the Loudoun County Fire and Rescue System, said. “Therefore, it is critical that these life-saving devices are checked and tested frequently to ensure proper functioning.”
Loudoun County Fire and Rescue’s “Put a Finger on It” smoke alarm campaign offers free home safety and smoke alarm inspections to all Loudoun County residents. County residents can find more information or schedule an appointment at 703-737-8093 or www.loudoun.gov/smokealarms.
In addition to regular testing and maintenance of smoke alarms, develop and practice a home escape plan so that everyone in the home knows what to do if a smoke alarm sounds. To learn about creating a home escape plan or to get valuable fire safety information, visit www.loudoun.gov/fire or call Lisa Braun, Public Education Manager, at 571-258-3222.