Smoking Materials Cause South Riding Fire

Smoking Materials Cause South Riding Fire

A family of five is safe after improperly discarded smoking materials caused an early morning house fire April 19.

Just after 2:00 a.m., the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center received a call for a house fire in the 25000 block of Herring Creek Drive in South Riding. The caller reported the deck and back of their home was on fire, Public Information Officer Laura Rinehart said.

Units from South Riding, Arcola and Fairfax County responded to the fire. First arriving units found active fire on the deck of the three-story townhome with fire extending up the back. Firefighters advanced hose lines to the back of the home and extinguished the fire. Additional crews searched the interior and attic of the home but found no fire extension.

The family of five was alerted to the fire by their smoke alarms, waking them and giving them time to get outside and call 9-1-1.  The residents are temporarily displaced but required no Red Cross assistance.

No one was injured in the incident and the fire caused approximately $50,000 in damages, Rinehart said.