An early morning house fire in Ashburn displaced five residents and caused an estimated $750,000 in damages, an incident that has prompted a safety reminder from fire officials.
Just before 4:45 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, county dispatchers received several 911 calls reporting a house fire on Taylorstown Hunt Court in the Loudoun Valley Estates neighborhood. The callers reported visible fire coming from the rear and second story of the home. Fire and rescue units from Brambleton, Kincora, South Riding, Arcola, Ashburn, Leesburg and command officers were dispatched to the scene. Additional units from Ashburn, Sterling Park, Brambleton and Fairfax County also were called to the scene.
According to Loudoun County Fire-Rescue, a resident of the home was initially awakened by his security system but found no hazards. A short time later he heard a loud noise and his smoke alarms began sounding. He and his family safely evacuated and called 911. The five residents will be staying with family members. There were injuries reported.
The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office investigation determined the cause of the fire was improperly discarded grilling ashes on the rear deck of the home.
Residents are encouraged to follow these safety tips:
• Keep grills at least 15 feet away from any structure and flammable materials.
• Soak wood chips, pellets, charcoal briquettes and ashes with water and always let ashes cool before disposing of them into a closed metal container. The metal container should be kept outside, a safe distance away from your home or any other structures.
• Smoker boxes that are used when grilling should also be treated with caution, emptying their contents carefully into the closed metal container and ensuring the box cools away from any flammable materials.
For additional fire prevention information, go to loudoun.gov/firemarshal or contact Public Education Manager Lisa Braun at 571-258-3222.