Loudoun County Fire-Rescue authorities say smoke alarms helped a south Loudoun family safely evacuate from their townhouse during a Saturday morning fire.
Dispatchers began receiving calls just after 6:15 a.m. Nov. 26, about a house fire on Carbonate Terrace in the Stone Ridge neighborhood. Fire and rescue crews from South Riding, Brambleton, Moorefield, Aldie, Philomont, and Fairfax County responded to the call, finding heavy fire coming from a three-story, end-unit townhome. First responders on the scene confirmed that four people safely escaped, having been alerted by smoke alarms. The occupants of the adjoining townhomes also were evacuated.
While the house sustained extensive damage, firefighters prevented the fire from extending into adjacent structures.
The Fire Marshal’s Office is continuing its investigation but has determined the fire was accidental, originating inside the garage. Damages to the structure, contents, motorcycle and truck parked in driveway are estimated at $450,000.
The residents are staying with family members in the area. No injuries were reported.
“Smoke alarms are the first line of defense in alerting a person to the dangers of smoke and fire,” stated W. Keith Brower, Jr., chief of the Loudoun County Fire and Rescue System. “Therefore, it is critical that these life-saving devices are checked and tested frequently to ensure proper functioning.”
The agency’s “Put a Finger on It” smoke alarm campaign offers free home safety and smoke alarm inspections to all Loudoun County residents. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the department hotline 703-737-8093 or go to loudoun.gov/smokealarms.