Fairfax County firefighters have identified a man who died in a Clifton house fire on June 25 as Bok Yong An, 76, of 5605 Willow Valley Road. Firefighters responded to the fire at approximately 4:30 a.m.
Firefighters said they encountered heavy smoke coming from the first floor of the two-story home upon their arrival. Firefighters searched the home while conducting an aggressive fire attack and rescued an elderly man from inside the home. Two other adults escaped the home prior to firefighters arriving, officials said. The fire was brought under control in approximately 10 minutes. Bok Yong An was flown to Washington Hospital Burn Center with life-threatening injuries, where he later died. The other two occupants were transported by ambulance to the Washington Hospital Burn Center, also with life-threatening injuries. Damage is estimated at $40,000.
Officials say the cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Fairfax County police say a 4-year-old boy drowned in a private pool this past weekend while attending a party at a home in the 900 block of Douglass Drive in McLean. Police said they were called to the home shortly after 9 p.m. on June 28, for a reported drowning. Officers said they located the boy in the backyard where adults were performing CPR. The boy was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police said the child and his family are from Silver Spring, Md. and were attending a party at the home with several other guests. Police said the boy in the pool was discovered by another child in attendance at the party.
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire at approximately 9:30 p.m. on June 26 in Herndon. The single-family home is located at 540 Madison St.
Firefighters encountered heavy smoke coming from the front and sides of the split-level home upon arrival. Firefighters conducted an aggressive fire attack and quickly brought the fire under control. The home had no smoke alarms. Two occupants have been displaced. Red Cross support was offered but declined by the occupants. One occupant was transported for non-life threatening injuries.
Damage is estimated at $150,000.
The fire started in the kitchen and is under investigation, officials said.
Fairfax County Police are investigating a bank robbery they say occurred June 27.
Around 4:52 p.m. a man entered the Capital One bank, located at 5851 Crossroads Center, and handed a note to an employee demanding money. The bank teller complied and the suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. There were no injuries, according to police.
The suspect was described as black, age 20-39, tall, with a goatee and wearing a black hat.
Anyone with information is asked to call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.
Fairfax County police are seeking a man they say “peeps” into windows to watch women. Police say the man is described as black or Hispanic with a thin build. He was videotaped April 15 around 7 a.m. by a resident in the 2600 block of Arlington Drive who later gave the recording to police. Police said the witness observed and recorded the suspect as he peeped into an apartment window and touched himself inappropriately. A police investigation determined a woman was in that room at the time of the incident. Police detectives say they are hopeful that a resident in the area will recognize this man and come forward with his identity. Anyone with information is asked to contact Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.
According to the National Fire Protection Administration, far more fires are reported on July 4 than on any other day. Fireworks account for more than half of those fires, more than any other cause.
In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 fires nationwide. These fires resulted in an estimated 40 civilian injuries, and $32 million in direct property damage. Over 9,600 fireworks-related injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms, according to fire safety officials who caution Fairfax County residents to be safe this holiday.
— Gregg MacDonald