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UPDATE: One dead after Lovettsville fire

Loudoun County authorities remain on scene investigating a fatal fire that claimed the life of a Lovettsville man Sunday night.

The name of the deceased and cause of the fire has not been released.

Just before 8:30 p.m., the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center received a call from an alarm company stating that they were contacted by a resident reporting their house was on fire and they were unable to escape, according to Loudoun County Fire and Rescue. Crews from Lovettsville, Purcellville, Hamilton, Round Hill, Lucketts, Leesburg, Loudoun Heights, Brambleton, Frederick County, Maryland, and numerous Command Officers responded to the residence located in the 12000 block of Taylorstown Road in Lovettsville.

When firefighters arrived at the two-story split level home, they encountered active blazes coming from the roof and several sides of the structure.

Authorities say the advanced state of the fire caused the roof and several floors of the home to collapse, making entry for firefighters extremely hazardous. Command staff immediately requested a Rapid Intervention Team for additional personnel, as well as a Tanker Task Force to bring additional water to the rural home.

Due to initial reports from neighbors, information received from the 911 caller, and failure to find the homeowner outside the residence, crews made several attempts to enter the home and search for any potential occupants. Firefighters were forced to retreat due to the advanced fire condition of the roof and multiple interior floors of the home. A defensive fire attack was initiated from the exterior until such time the fire would allow for crews to re-enter the structure to complete the search, according to county officials.

While conducting their search, firefighters located the deceased person inside the home.

The incident remains an active investigation.

Sunday night's fire was at least the second severe blaze of the weekend in Loudoun. A fire in Ashburn Friday night displaced a family of five and caused nearly $500,000 in damage.


So very sad. Esp knowing the man was trying to get out..God bless.

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