Working fire alarms saved a Sterling family from a fast-moving electrical fire that caused $320,000 in damages to their home.
The family reported the house fire around 1 p.m. June 26. Fire and Rescue units from Sterling Park, Cascades, Kincora, Leesburg, and Fairfax were dispatched to the residence in the 1000 block of East Holly Avenue in Sterling.
Firefighters found significant fire and smoke coming from the roof near the rear of the two-story, single family home. Additional resources from South Riding and Fairfax County also responded, Loudoun Fire and Rescue Public Information Officer Laura Rinehart said.
Once they confirmed all occupants were out of the house, firefighters initiated an interior fire attack. Crews advanced hose lines to the second floor to find smoke and fire in the attic. However, firefighters were able to extinguish the bulk of the fire in under ten minutes, Rinehart said.
The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office conducted determined the fire was accidental, caused by a malfunctioning bathroom ventilation fan.
Loudoun County Animal Services also responded to assist the homeowner in finding several cats that escaped during the fire. Due to the extent of the damages, the home was deemed uninhabitable and Red Cross responded providing resources for the four displaced adults.