October 27, 2021

On Tuesday, October 26 at approximately 8:32 p.m., units were dispatched for a reported townhouse fire in the 7400 block of Larne Lane in the Lorton area of Fairfax County.

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Units arrived on the scene of a two-story, end unit townhouse with smoke evident from the front door. Crews quickly located a fire in the hallway, near the front door, with some extension to adjoining rooms. The fire was rapidly extinguished. One person was transported to the hospital for a check-up of a minor injury. There were no firefighter injuries reported.

Three occupants were home at the time of the fire. One of the occupants heard screaming and went downstairs to investigate. She observed fire in the hallway near the front door. The occupants were unable to evacuate through the front door due to the fire, so they jumped out the first-floor kitchen window. All three were able to self-evacuate. One of the occupants then removed the front door and attempted to extinguish the fire.

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Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in the first-floor hallway. The cause of the fire was the ignition of natural gas that had been leaking from a stove top burner left on for several hours.

Nine occupants were displaced because of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and accepted. Damages as a result of the fire was approximately $118,750.

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