Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Fire Marshals are investigating an early morning house fire in Round Hill that displaced a family of seven.Just before 4:30 a.m. this morning, units from the Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System (LC-CFRS) were dispatched to the 16,000 block of Woodgrove Road for a house fire. The initial 911 call from the homeowner indicated the rear of the single-family house was on fire.Firefighters from Round Hill, Purcellville, Loudoun Heights, Hamilton, and Leesburg responded with additional units from Lovettsville, Philomont, Ashburn and Mt. Weather assisting with the Tanker Task Force and Rapid Intervention Teams. Fire and rescue units arrived on the scene and reported all occupants were out of the house. Heavy fire was showing from the rear of the structure that was extending up into the attic. Firefighters made an aggressive interior fire attack and were able to extinguish the bulk of the fire quickly. Fire crews remained on scene to perform salvage and overhaul operations. The Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Fire Marshal’s Office remains on scene investigating the cause of the fire. Although smoke alarms were present and functional, the family woke due to the smell of smoke and breaking glass and initiated their home escape plan. As a result of the fire, two adults, five children, and two dogs have been displaced and are staying locally with family. There were no civilian or first responder injuries, however a pet cat and several chickens located on the property did not survive. Loudoun County Animal Services responded to the scene to assist the family. Your ability to get out of your home during a fire depends heavily on advance warning from smoke alarms and advance home escape planning. After ensuring your smoke alarms are present and working, gather everyone in your household to make a home escape plan. Walk through and identify all possible exits and escape routes. Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of the home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors. Once you have a plan, practice it! If you need assistance or have any questions visit https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Staying-safe/Preparedness/Escape-planning or call 703-737-8600.
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