Lovettsville fire incendiary in nature

The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office has confirmed that the fire on Saturday night, June 5, in Lovettsville, which claimed one life, was incendiary in nature.

Just before 8:30 p.m., Saturday, June 5, Loudoun County Fire and Rescue units from Lovettsville and Purcellville were dispatched to assist the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office on an incident in the 12000 block of Stonehouse View Court.

As fire and rescue units were enroute, they were advised that there was an active garage fire at this location and potentially one adult resident located in the structure.

Additional units from Hamilton, Loudoun Heights, Moorefield, Frederick County, Maryland, and Washington County, Maryland were dispatched to assist.

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 Fire Marshal’s Office 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 damages are estimated at $877,047. There were no injuries to fire and rescue personnel operating on the incident.

The incident remains under investigation by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office.                   

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