Information via Press Release from the Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department
Photos by Arturo Soriano Jr. and Nathan Heath
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire Tuesday, January 26, 2010, at approximately 6:35 a.m. The single-family home is located at 5643 Heming Avenue in the North Springfield area of Fairfax County.
Firefighters encountered heavy fire and smoke coming from the rear of the home and heavy smoke from all of the windows of the rambler-style home upon arrival. A second alarm and an EMS Task Force were requested, bringing over 60 firefighters to the scene. Firefighters found two deceased adult males inside the home during the secondary search.
Crews fought the gas-fed fire from the inside of the house until conditions severely deteriorated and the floor collapsed, narrowly missing firefighters below. Those firefighters were separated from their crews, however, they were able to escape safely. Firefighters brought the fire under control in approximately one hour. There was no one else home when the fire broke out. One firefighter was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
The names of the victims will not be released until next-of-kin have been notified. The medical examiner will determine the cause of death.
The home is a total loss.
Fire and police investigators are investigating the fire.
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