A family of four has been displaced after their home on Sunny Ridge north of Round Hill burned down early Saturday morning.
County dispatchers were alerted to the fire just after 4 a.m. Feb. 2 by a snowplow driver who encountered two dogs running in the road and then saw a large column of smoke in the area.
According to the Department of Fire-Rescue, units from Round Hill, Purcellville, Loudoun Heights, Hamilton, Leesburg, Clarke County were dispatched to the Mountain Orchard Lane home. The two-story house was completely engulfed in flames and in the process of collapsing. While crews worked to battle the fire in icy conditions with water being trucked to the site, they learned the family, two adults and two children, had escaped to a neighbor’s home.
The family was alerted to the fire by interconnected smoke alarms, which were attributed to help saving their lives. With the fire blocking their exit, the family climbed out of a second story window, onto a roof, and jumped into the snow below. They ran more than a quarter mile to a neighbor’s home in their sleeping clothes and without shoes. They were transported to a local hospital for evaluation.
The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office is conducting an investigation into the cause and origin of the fire. The home and all contents are a total loss, with damages estimated at $836,000.
The Marshal’s Office recommends that every residence have working smoke alarms on each level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Loudoun County Fire and Rescue’s smoke alarm program offers free home safety surveys and smoke alarms for Loudoun County residents. The department will replace outdated alarms at no cost and install additional alarms as necessary. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the department hotline at 703-737-8093or go to loudoun.gov/smokealarms.