Authorities investigating second fire at Community Corrections building
For the second time in a little more than a month, authorities are investigating a fire at Loudoun’s Community Corrections building.
This time the blaze started at the office’s temporary location about 6:15 a.m. Wednesday at 106 Edwards Ferry Road NE in downtown Leesburg.
Authorities on Thursday were limited on details, including where the fire started, but said damage was minimal and the incident is being investigated by the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office.
Workers in the building were not displaced by the blaze.
“Business is continuing as usual in the building,” said Anna Nissinen, spokesperson for Loudoun County Government.
Mary Maguire, spokesperson for Loudoun Fire and Rescue, could not say whether this incident was connected to the Nov. 14 fire at the Community Corrections Department on Loudoun Street.
“All we can say at this time is that it’s under investigation by the Fire Marshal’s Office,” Maguire said.
The Nov. 14 fire at the Loudoun Street office was ruled arson by the Fire Marshal’s Office.
Loudoun Chief Fire Marshal Linda Hale told the Times-Mirror at the time of that incident that an irregular burn pattern was found in the original assessment of the scene and that an accelerant detection dog had been brought in to review the scene.
“She identified several areas,” noted Hale, who went on to say that accelerants are believed to have been used both outside the facility and within a first floor office.
When asked, she said that this didn’t necessarily mean that the arsonist gained access to the facility. Hale also said the entrances to the building showed no signs of forced entry.
The Fire Marshal’s Office believes the fire began in that first floor office before extending through the HVAC ducts between the first and second floors. Damage was limited by firefighters who were able to control the blaze before it had a strong foothold.
According to Hale, the Community Corrections records were not damaged in the fire and that the file room was untouched by the fire.
– John L. Geddie contributed to this report.
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