The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office (FMO) attributed the cause of Friday night’s house fire that displaced four residents to a faulty lithium ion battery inside the garage.
At approximately 7:11 p.m. Friday, August 21, 2020, the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center received multiple 9-1-1 calls reporting heavy smoke and visible flames coming from the garage of a home in the 25000 block of Trilobite Court in Aldie.
Fire and rescue crews from Kirkpatrick Farms, Dulles South, Aldie, Brambleton, Moorefield, Sterling and Fairfax County were dispatched to the incident. When firefighters arrived on scene they encountered heavy fire on both floors of the single family home and all residents located safely outside.
Firefighters quickly attacked the fire from the exterior as additional crews simultaneously used master stream devices to cool and protect neighboring homes from heat and flames. Once the exterior attack brought the fire under control, improved conditions allowed firefighters to make entry to the home and extinguish the remaining fire. Crews remained on scene for an extended period of time ensuring all hot spots were extinguished and salvaging items for the residents.
A family of four, two adults and two children, were displaced as a result of the fire. The American Red Cross was contacted to offer support and assistance. One adult resident suffered minor burns to the arms. The resident initially declined EMS transport, but subsequently sought care at a local area hospital. There were no injuries to fire and rescue personnel.
The FMO’s investigation into the incident has determined the cause of the fire to be a faulty lithium ion battery in a remote control car that was charging in the garage. Damages to the home are estimated at $958,000.
Lithium ion batteries supply power to many kinds of devices including smart phones, laptops, scooters, toys, and even cars. Take care when using them. In rare cases, they can cause a fire or explosion. Stop using the battery immediately if you notice an odd odor, change in color, excessive heat, a change in shape, leaks, or odd noises. If it is safe to do so, move the device away from anything that can catch fire and call 9-1-1.
Helpful Lithium Ion Battery Safety Tips
For additional fire prevention and life safety information, please visit Loudoun.gov/fireprevention or call our Public Education Manager Lisa Braun at 571-258-3222.
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