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Two people, 10 animals killed in Falls Church house fire

Two people and 10 pets were killed in a Falls Church house fire Wednesday morning, according to fire officials.

Fairfax County firefighters responded to the fire shortly before 3:30 a.m. in the Falls Church area of Fairfax County. The single family home was located on the 3100 block of Manor Road, and was a total loss, according to fire officials.

Firefighters said the ranch style home was fully engulfed in flames upon their arrival.

“Firefighters conducted an exterior fire attack due to the overwhelming volume of fire surrounding all four sides of the home,” said fire and rescue spokesman Dan Schmidt.

The fire was brought under control in approximately 30 minutes and firefighters then found two bodies burned beyond recognition.

“We can’t even tell you their gender,” Schmidt said.

In addition to the two bodies, 10 pets—two dogs and eight cats—also perished in the fire, according to Schmidt.

Schmidt said both fire and police investigators are looking into the cause of the fire, and that the names of the deceased will be withheld until notification of next of kin.

Annandale fire injures two

A metal grinder used in a workshop where it ignited some gasoline is responsible for two injuries and $50,000 worth of damage, according to fire officials.

Fairfax County firefighters responded to a structure fire Jan. 20 at approximately 5:35 p.m. in the West Annandale area of Fairfax County. The workshop is located next to a residential home on the 3700 block of Morningside Drive.

Firefighters brought the fire under control in approximately 15 minutes.

There was some minor fire extension to the nearby woodlands. An adult male was transported to the Washington Hospital Burn Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Dog bites person at Falls Church school

A dog is in quarantine after allegedly biting an adult at an elementary school in Falls Church.

According to the City of Falls Church Police department, the bite victim was attacked and bitten on the leg by a dog that was running loose on the playground at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School on Jan. 18.

Police said two men were allowing the dog to run without a leash when the attack allegedly occurred. According to police, the men and the dog left the area after refusing to give any information to the victim, but were identified by police the next day.

The dog, a pit bull, has had its rabies inoculations and is not likely to have rabies and is in quarantine for observation for a total of 10 days, according to standard protocol, police said.

Police said that the bite victim, not knowing if the men would be identified, started taking a series of rabies shots but discontinued them when the dog was located. Leash-law charges are pending for the owner of the dog, who police say was visiting Falls Church.

Heater causes $242,000 in damage to Alexandria home

Fairfax County Fire officials said a house fire that occurred Jan. 21 at about 7:30 p.m. in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County was caused by a portable heater. The single family home is located on the 3300 block of Clayborne Avenue.

Firefighters brought the fire under control in approximately 30 minutes.

No one was home when the fire broke.

Officials said one adult male has been displaced. There were no injuries. According to fire investigators, an unattended space heater too close to combustibles caused the fire.

Firefighter injured in Fairview townhouse fire

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a townhouse fire Jan. 17 shortly after 1 p.m. in the Fairview area of Fairfax County. The single family home is located on the 5400 block of Cheshire Meadows Way.

No one was home when the fire broke out. Three adults and one child have been displaced. Red Cross support was offered but declined by the occupants, officials said. One firefighter received a nonlife-threatening injury and was transported to the Washington Hospital Burn Center.

Damage is estimated at $180,000. According to fire investigators, the fire is under investigation.

Basement heater causes $75,000 in damage to Burke townhouse

Fairfax County Firefighters responded to a townhouse fire Jan. 18 at approximately 5:50 a.m. in Burke. The single family home is located on the 6000 block of Ticonderoga Court.

Firefighters said they discovered smoke coming from the front door and second floor windows in the rear and front of a two-story middle unit townhouse.

The occupants escaped unharmed when the fire broke out. Five occupants have been displaced. There were no injuries, but damage is estimated at $75,000, according to firefighters. According to the Incident Commander, the fire was accidental. The cause of the fire was a heating unit in the basement.