The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a fatal house fire that occurred last night on Taylorstown Road east of Lovettsville.
Crews were dispatched at 8:20 p.m. after the dispatching center received a call from an alarm company stating that it was contacted by a resident reporting his house was on fire and he was unable to escape.
The victim was described as a 70-year-old man. His identity has not been released. A dog also died in the fire.
Fire and rescue crews from Lovettsville, Purcellville, Hamilton, Round Hill, Lucketts, Leesburg, Loudoun Heights, Brambleton, and Frederick County, MD, responded to the home.
When firefighters arrived at the two-story, split-level home, fire was showing from the roof and several sides of the structure. The roof and interior floors quickly collapsed, but because of reports from neighbors and the information received from the alarm company, crews made several attempts to enter the home and search for occupants. The intensity of the fire forced crews to retreat until firefighters working outside were able to bring it under control enough for them to re-enter the home and complete the search.
This morning, the fire investigation continues and no additional details have been released and the cause of death has not been confirmed.
The Fire Marshal’s Office remains on scene, along with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, conducting their investigation into the cause of the fire.