An electrical fire caused more than $50,000 in damages to a Leesburg townhouse early this morning.
According to Loudoun County Fire-Rescue, at approximately 6 a.m. Tuesday morning fire-rescue units from Leesburg, Ashburn and Hamilton were dispatched to a townhouse fire at 749 Vanderbilt Terrace in Leesburg.
Calls to 911 indicated that both smoke and fire were visible from outside the home, and the first firefighters on scene saw smoke coming from the third floor of the three-story home. Firefighters conducted a search of the home and determined no one was there before deploying a hose line into the residence and extinguishing the blaze.
Although fire and water damage was limited to the first and second floor of the property, the home’s two occupants will be temporarily displaced.
The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office has determined the cause of the fire to be accidental and electrical in nature. The estimated dollar loss is $55,000. The incident did not result in any injuries to civilian or emergency personnel.
Loudoun County Fire-Rescue is reminding residents of the importance of smoke alarms and the danger that fire places during the overnight hours.
“The peak time for home fire fatalities is between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. while most families are sleeping, and many people lose their sense of smell during a deep sleep stage” fire-rescue chief W. Keith Brower Jr., Chief said in a statement. “The death rate per 100 reported fires is twice as high in homes without a working smoke alarm as it is in home fires with this protection. Missing or non-working smoke alarms rob residents of valuable seconds that could allow them to safely escape. Young children, older adults, and people with disabilities are most at risk and working smoke alarms may provide these residents the necessary time to safely evacuate."
Loudoun County Fire and Rescue’s “Put a finger on it” smoke alarm campaign offers free home safety inspections and smoke alarms to all Loudoun County residents. If smoke alarms are broken or outdated the department will replace them with battery powered alarms at no cost and install additional alarms as necessary. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the department hotline at 703-737-8093 or go to www.loudoun.gov/smokealarms.