On Wednesday, Nov. 23rd at 06:24 am, 911 received a call reporting a structure fire on Wardlaw Terrace in Ashburn. The caller advised that the rear of a neighbor’s house was on fire. Units were dispatched from Ashburn, Lansdowne, Leesburg Fire, Moorefield, Sterling Fire, Battalion Chief 601 & 603, AC606, SAF600 and EMS601. The first unit arrived on the scene and reported a 4-story “stacked condominium” with nothing showing from the front of the structure. Upon further investigation, moderate smoke conditions were located on the third floor. A Level 1 RIT was requested bringing units from Arcola, Dulles South, and additional units from Ashburn and Moorefield. Several occupants were assisted out of the structure and the fire was located and extinguished on a third floor balcony with minor fire extension into the structure. The building exterior was covered with HardiePlank lap siding which is cement fiber siding which is non-combustible and does not melt. This prevented the spread of fire to other parts of the building. The Fire Marshal’s Office determined the fire was accidental in nature and caused by improperly discarded smoking materials on the balcony. The smoke alarm in the unit of origin did not activate as it was determined to have been removed from its proper location. There was minor water damage to units below the fire unit but direct and indirect damage was limited to approximately $5,000 to the structure.
Units Involved: T620, EMS601, AC606, E606, E623, E622, E620, R620, TL606, TL611, M606C, SAF600, BC603, BC601