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    Second Community Corrections office fire ruled attempted arson

    A Dec. 19 fire at the Community Corrections office on Edwards Ferry Road has been ruled an attempted arson by the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office.

    The 6:15 a.m. blaze was the second time someone has attempted to burn down the office.

    The first attempt occurred on Nov. 14 at the office’s permanent Loudoun Street location. That fire, which was determined to be arson, displaced employees to the Edwards Ferry Road location.

    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.

    The Dec. 19 fire at the Edwards Ferry Road location left minimal damage to the building and did not impair the day-to-day functions of the business.

    The Fire Marshal’s Office is leading the investigation into both fires.

    “The coincidence of the two recent fires is being evaluated, but currently no conclusive link has been made,” Mary Maguire, spokesperson for Loudoun Fire and Rescue said in a statement.

    A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the responsible person(s) for the fire(s). Anyone with information should contact the Loudoun County Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919.

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