Male Rescued from Townhouse Fire

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 14-10
Date:  January 27, 2014

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a townhouse fire, Monday, January 27, 2014, at approximately 3 a.m., in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County. The home is located at 8556 Towne Manor Court.

Firefighters encountered heavy fire coming from the front of the three-story townhouse upon arrival. The Incident Commander struck a second alarm due to the heavy volume of fire bringing approximately 60 firefighters to the scene. Firefighters conducted an aggressive fire attack while simultaneously raising ladders to rescue an adult male in a third floor bedroom. A second adult male escaped unharmed. Four dogs were rescued by firefighters who used pet oxygen masks and were transported to a local veterinary clinic.

One dog perished from the fire. Two adults have been displaced. Red Cross is supporting the displaced occupants. Additionally, one firefighter received a non-life threatening injury.

The rescued male was flown to Washington Hospital Burn Center with life-threatening injuries. Damage is estimated at $100,000.

The fire is under investigation.

For more information, call Daniel L. Schmidt or Captain I Randal Bittinger,
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, 703-246-3801 and TTY: 711.
Duty PIO (Weekends/After-hours): 703-877-3702
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