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Ashburn family displaced after blaze; GoFundMe page raises almost $10K in 14 hours

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An Ashburn family of five has been displaced after a severe blaze caused by a malfunctioning fireplace Friday night, according to Loudoun County Fire and Rescue.

The structure was a total loss with damages estimated at $475,000. Each adjacent home saw damages of $10,000.

Just before 8:30 p.m., the county's emergency communications center received numerous calls reporting an active fire in the 20200 block of Birdnest Place in Ashburn. Fire and Rescue crews from Ashburn, Sterling, Cascades, Kincora, Leesburg, Moorefield and numerous Command Officers arrived to find a 2-story single family home with fire coming from the roof and side of the residence.

Due to the amount of fire and potential for collapse, firefighters began defensive operations, attacking the fire from the exterior, according to county officials. Additional crews deployed hose lines to protect the adjacent homes from heat and fire damage. The residents of the home, two adults and three children, were located safely outside upon arrival of the first responders. The home was equipped with working smoke alarms that alerted the family.

Once the fire was under control and the stability of the structure confirmed, firefighters were able to enter the home and extinguish the remaining flames. There were no injuries to any occupants or first responders. Local representatives from the American Red Cross responded to assist the displaced family.

The Fire Marshal’s investigation determined the fire to be accidental due to a fireplace malfunction.

A GoFundMe page, established by a neighbor, has raised more than $9,300 in 14 hours.


Wow. What a tragedy so close to the holidays. But very thankful they all got out alive. And thanks to working smoke alarms.

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