An occupant of a Lovettsville home was found dead following a Saturday night house fire, the cause of which was incendiary in nature, according to a press release issued Monday by the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office (FMO).
Just before 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System units from Lovettsville and Purcellville were dispatched to assist the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office on an incident in the 12,000 block of Stonehouse View Court, the release states.
As fire and rescue units were en route they were advised that there was potentially one adult resident located inside the structure, with active fire reported in the garage.
Additional units from Hamilton, Loudoun Heights, Moorefield, and Frederick County, Maryland and Washington County, Maryland were dispatched to assist in battling the blaze.
Firefighters arrived on the scene to find a large, two-story, single-family home with significant smoke and fire coming from the garage.
Due to a report of gunfire heard from within the home and concerns for the safety of first responders, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of a helicopter from Fairfax County Police, first cleared the perimeter to ensure that firefighters could approach the residence to put out the fire.
Firefighters worked into the night to extinguish the fire before the Loudoun FMO could begin their investigation.
Once the area was deemed safe to enter, fire investigators searched the home and located a deceased victim. The cause of death and identification of the victim is being determined by the Medical Examiner’s Office. The investigation from the Loudoun FMO determined that the cause of the fire was incendiary in nature and that damages are estimated at $877,047.
There were no injuries to fire and rescue personnel during the incident, officials said.
The incident remains under investigation by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office.