The deep snow hampered efforts to fight a house fire in a rural subdivision near Waterford that resulted in a total loss. The family of four was displaced, but uninjured.
It was an automatic alarm just after noon that alerted crews at the Lucketts fire station about the fire in the 41000 block of Cotter Court. After additional calls were made to county dispatchers from neighbors, crews from other western Loudoun stations and from Frederick County, MD, were called to assist, along with a platoon of snowplows.
The home, located on a 1,000-foot long unplowed road, had heavy fire showing on the first floor when crews arrived. Tanker trucks were called to provide water, but they were unable to get close to the house. Fire hoses stretched more than 800 feet to reach the home. The roof and all floors of the home collapsed several minutes after firefighters arrived.
The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office has determined the fire was accidental. Damage was estimated at $850,000.
The American Red Cross is assisting the family, two adults and two children.