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Body discovered in Falls Church house fire

Fairfax Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire at about 4 a.m. Oct. 29 in the Falls Church area of Fairfax County. The single family home is located in the 6600 block of Orland St.

Firefighters said they encountered a two-story Cape Cod style home fully involved with fire upon their arrival. Firefighters conducted an exterior fire attack due to the overwhelming volume of fire throughout the structure and said the second floor collapsed inside the home.

Firefighters said they brought the fire under control in about 20 minutes.

Firefighters reported hoarding conditions inside the home and said that as fire investigators were digging out the fire, they discovered a badly burned body. Both police and fire investigators are investigating the cause of death. As of Thursday, fire officials said neither the name nor gender of the deceased had been determined. The home is a complete loss.

A nearby adjacent house received minor exterior fire damage. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Attorney general wins case to lower resident’s electric bills

In a decision released Thursday, the Virginia Supreme Court affirmed a decision of the State Corporation Commission regarding Dominion Virginia Power's recently concluded base rate case.

The court rejected the arguments advanced by Dominion, which would have allowed Dominion to earn a higher return on equity from customers than the SCC's interpretation of Virginia law allows.

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and his office represented Dominion's Virginia customers in the appeal. By statute, the attorney general represents the interests of electric ratepayers in such proceedings.

"I am pleased with today's result. We believe that both the SCC and the court were correct in their interpretation of the law," said Cuccinelli. "Customers will ultimately pay less for electricity because we were successful in the appeal. This will not only benefit Dominion customers, but Virginia's economy as a whole.”

Cigarette causes $150,000 fire damage to Annandale home

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department officials said an improperly disposed cigarette caused $150,000 worth of damage to an Annandale home.

Firefighters responded to a house fire at about 11:10 p.m. Oct. 28 in Annandale. The single family home is located in the 8400 block of Tobin Road.

Firefighters said they encountered heavy smoke and fire from the rear of the two-story home upon arrival. The fire spread rapidly up the exterior of the home and onto the deck, second floor, and attic. Firefighters brought the fire under control in about 15 minutes. Smoke alarms activated when the fire broke out, they said. Eight adults were displaced. Fire officials said one adult was transported to INOVA Fairfax Hospital for non life-threatening injuries.