Back-to-back house fires in Lovettsville and Waterford dealt a total of $980,000 in damage Jan. 13, according to Loudoun County Fire and Rescue.
Units from Loudoun as well as Frederick County, Maryland, were dispatched around 4:20 p.m. to the first fire in the 15000 block of Berlin Turnpike in Lovettsville, responding to reports of smoke coming from the home’s attic vent.
Responders saw light smoke emerging from the exterior of the two-story home and located the occupants — one adult and one canine — safely outside.
Firefighters found and extinguished a fire in the attic above the kitchen, which the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office later classified as accidental and due to an overloaded circuit.
According to officials, damage from the first fire is estimated at $80,000.
Units were then dispatched at 5:38 p.m. on the same day to the 15000 block of Clover Hill Rd. in Waterford for the second fire, which the initial 911 caller reported as coming from the roof of a roughly 6,000-square-foot, two-story home.
The occupants — two adults and three canines — reportedly evacuated the home safely before firefighters entered with hoselines and began attacking the second-floor fire.Additional crews accessed the fire in the attic and helped bring the fire under control.
The Fire Marshal’s Office said that fire caused an estimated $900,000 in damages and was due to an electrical malfunction in the attic.All occupants displaced by the two fires are reportedly staying with family nearby.