The Loudoun Fire Marshal’s Office said that a Tuesday morning fire at a Sterling townhouse caused $100,000 in damage and could have been prevented.
At 2:07 a.m., a caller reported the fire on the deck of the Warwick Court home. Fire and rescue units from Sterling Park, Cascades, Kincora, Moorefield, and Fairfax County responded to the call and then more support from Ashburn and Fairfax County was dispatched to the scene.
Firefighters entered the home and found a fire on the second floor deck. They were able to quickly extinguished the fire and then conducted salvage and overhaul operations to ensure that fire had not spread to any other areas of the home.
Investigators determined the fire was caused by the improper storage of a used patio torch.
Three residents were displaced, but no injuries were reported.
Fire officials advise residents to space torches equally around backyards or patios and keep them at least 6 feet away from the house or other structures and at least 6 inches off the ground. To extinguish a torch, place a cap or similar object on the wick until flame is entirely suffocated, then remove the cap to allow the wick to completely cool before storing the torch in a secure, up-right position.