The Loudoun County Fire Marshal says an act of arson is to blame for a house fire that destroyed an Ashburn home early Saturday morning.
Just before 2:15 a.m. Jan. 27, the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center received a 9-1-1 call from the 42000 block of Via Veneto Way in Ashburn saying that a nearby home was on fire. Fire and rescue units from Moorefield, Dulles South, Ashburn, Kincora, Arcola, Sterling Park, and numerous command officers were dispatched to the home.
Firefighters arrived to find a large, two-story, single-family house with heavy flames coming from the entire second floor and roof of the home. More resources were immediately requested bringing several more fire and rescue units to the scene.
The advanced state of the fire was causing roofing materials to collapse into the second floor and the heat and flames were beginning to damage adjacent homes. An exterior attack was initiated on the fire and hoselines were put in place to protect neighboring homes.
The fire was extinguished using elevated master streams from Dulles South’s Tower 619 and Ashburn’s Truck 606 until it was under control. Although the incident commander was told by neighbors that the home was currently vacant, firefighters searched the basement and first floor to confirm there were no occupants inside.
There were no injuries to any residents or first responders during the incident. The structure is a total loss with damages estimated at just more than $1 million.
The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office is requesting anyone with information pertaining to the house fire to call either their main office at 703-737-8600 or the anonymous Loudoun County Crime Solvers tip line at 703-777-1919.