The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office (FMO) attributed the cause of a Thanksgiving Day house fire that displaced a family to a malfunction within a golf cart stored on the exterior of the home beneath a covered deck.
At 11:52 a.m., on Thursday, November 25, 2021, the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center received a for a house was in the 13400 block of Wilt Store Road. Limited information was provided by the initial call, however Loudoun County Fire and Rescue units from Lucketts, Lovettsville, Purcellville, Leesburg, Hamilton, Frederick County, MD, and numerous command staff were dispatched to the fire. The first arriving units reported the structure fully involved in fire with fire extending to the surrounding woods. The initial officer immediately requested additional units including a Rapid Intervention Task Force and a Tanker Task Force due to the rural areas lack of an established water supply. Units utilized water from fire and rescue tankers and a pond on the property as the water supply.
Shortly after arrival, firefighters confirmed no one was inside the structure and immediately began an exterior attack on the fire. The fire was brought under control in approximately 90 minutes. Crews continued to monitor the fire and surrounding area to ensure complete extinguishment. One firefighter was injured during the incident and transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, while a civilian on the scene was injured but refused transport.
The FMO investigation into the incident determined the fire was accidental due to a malfunction within a golf cart stored on the exterior of the home underneath a covered deck. Damages to the home and its contents are estimated at $487,000.
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