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(Updated at 9:40 a.m.) One person and two cats died in a house fire in Vienna early this morning.

First responders with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and officers from the Vienna Police Department were dispatched to the 900 block of Lauren Lane SE around 2:05 a.m. Fire could be seen coming through the house’s roof when firefighters arrived on the scene, according to the FCFRD.

After working to extinguish the blaze, crews found one elderly woman and her two cats deceased inside the residence, Vienna police say.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by both the Vienna Police Department and the Fairfax County Fire Marshal’s Office.

Photo via Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department/Twitter

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Wednesday Morning Notes

McLean House Fire Caused by Unattended Cooking — Fire investigators have determined that a condominium fire that occurred in the McLean area approximately 9:05 p.m. on Monday (Dec. 21) was caused by cooking left unattended in the kitchen. The blaze displaced three occupants and resulted in approximately $93,750 of damages. [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department]

Fairfax County Exceeds Face Mask Donation Goal — “In total, 77,010 cloth face coverings were donated and distributed this year. To provide free masks to the most vulnerable, including low-income families, the county put out a call in May for the community’s help to sew and donate 65,000 masks for children and adults.” [Fairfax County Emergency Information]

Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Ends Use of Cash Bail — “Fairfax County’s top prosecutor formally announced Monday [Dec. 21] that his office would no longer seek cash bail, saying it exacerbates inequalities between the rich and poor in the criminal justice system.” [The Washington Post]

McLean Community Center Finds New Way to Celebrate Christmas — “The McLean Community Center on Dec. 12 held a special event to take the place of its traditional “Breakfast with Santa.” Youngsters ages 2 to 8 had the chance to take a photo with Saint Nick in a contact-less, outdoor environment. Santa was safe and secure in an inflatable snow globe.” [Sun Gazette/Inside NoVA]

Staff photo by Jay Westcott

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Emergency responders with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department are on the scene of a house fire in the 1100 block of Pine Hill Road in McLean.

The blaze was visible through the house’s second floor when crews first arrived around 10 a.m. today (Tuesday).

The FCFRD reported at 10:21 a.m. that the fire has been extinguished, and crews are now clearing smoke from the home. No injuries have been reported.

Responders from Arlington County and Montgomery County provided assistance.

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Three occupants of a house in the 1000 block of Towlston Road in McLean have been displaced by a fire that occurred on Sunday (Nov. 22), the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department reported today.

Emergency responders were dispatched to the two-story, single-family home at approximately 1:56 a.m. Fire was showing through the front door when units arrived on the scene.

Since the area had a limited number of fire hydrants, responders requested a tanker task force, and additional FCFRD units were brought to the area, along with fire and rescue crews from Montgomery County.

“Crews initially knocked the fire down from the outside,” FCFRD says. “They then entered the home to extinguish the fire.”

No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported.

Three residents of the house were home at the time of the fire, which they discovered in the basement upon smelling smoke. FCFRD says it did not find evidence of working smoke alarms.

The fire has displaced the three occupants, who accepted the Red Cross assistance that was offered, and it caused approximately $115,000 in damages.

“The cause of the fire is currently under investigation,” Fairfax County Fire and Rescue says.

Photo via Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

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A fire broke out in a Vienna home near the Westwood Country Club yesterday (Sunday) afternoon.

Firefighters responded to the house fire in the 400 block of Old Courthouse Road around 2 p.m., according to Fairfax County Fire and Rescue.

Firefighters “quickly extinguished” the fire in the basement, the fire department said.

No firefighter or civilian injuries were reported.

Map via Google Maps, photos 1-2 via Fairfax County Fire and Rescue/Twitter, photos 3-6 via Lincoln Fire Alerts/Twitter

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Firefighters say improperly discarded smoking materials led to a house fire in the Wolf Trap area last Friday (May 17).

There were no injuries, but the fire in the Chase Hill neighborhood is estimated to have caused $5,200 in damages.

The fire is the latest in what the fire department says has been a trend, with several house fires throughout Fairfax being caused by improper disposal of smoking materials like cigarettes.

Photo via Facebook

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Lucy Berkebile, 73, has become Fairfax County’s first fire fatality of 2019.

On Saturday (March 9) around noon, Fairfax and Arlington county firefighters battled a house fire on the 1400 block of Brookhaven Drive. Despite rescue efforts, Berkebile was found dead in the house.

More via a press release from Fairfax Fire and Rescue:

Units arrived on the scene and observed a large volume of fire coming from a two-story, single family home. Neighbors indicated that an elderly female was likely home. Crews worked aggressively to enter the home and initiate an attack on the fire in order to conduct a search for the occupant. The firefighters efforts were hindered by the large amount of fire and exterior obstacles, such as brush, trees, and debris.

Firefighters began an attack on the fire from outside. The fire was quickly extinguished. No firefighters were injured. One occupant was found deceased in the home.

The fire was discovered by a neighbor who called 9-1-1. It is unknown if there were working smoke alarms in the home.

The cause of this fire remains under investigation. Damages as a result of the fire are approximately $398,750.

Photo via Fairfax County Fire and Rescue

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Fairfax County Fire and Rescue is on scene of a small fire at a house in the McLean area.

The fire on the 1200 block of Winter Hunt Road started in a bathroom exhaust fan, the department said via Twitter. It was quickly extinguished, but not before sending light smoke billowing out of the home’s attic.

Firefighters are now checking to see if the fire spread to other parts of the home.

The initial structure fire dispatch, which went out just before 2 p.m., drew a mutual aid response from as far away as Arlington.

Map via Google Maps

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