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Victim identified in fatal Lovettsville fire

The Loudoun County Fire Marshal's Office has identified the victim in Sunday's fatal fire in Lovettsville as 73-year-old Robert Steves.

The fire was accidental, resulting from an electrical malfunction, according to the fire marshal.

The home did not have working smoke alarms, and it was reported that Steves had limited mobility capabilities. Both are believed to have contributed to Steves' inability to exit the home safely.

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.


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