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Fire-Rescue Units Battle Two Unrelated Second-Alarm Blazes
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From Loudoun County Fire-Rescue Services:

On Sunday evening, July 31, 2011 Loudoun County Fire Rescue experienced two, unrelated 2-alarm fires dispatched within one minute of each other. At approximately 7:06 pm, the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center began receiving multiple 911 calls reporting heavy smoke from the strip shopping center located at 46000 Old Ox Road.  First arriving units confirmed a working fire and requested a second alarm. In total, Fire-Rescue units from Moorefield, Sterling, Dulles South, Ashburn, Fairfax County and Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority-Dulles responded to the scene.

Loudoun County Fire Marshal personnel responded to the incident at Old Ox Road and are investigating the cause of the fire and damages.  No civilian injuries were reported and one firefighter was transported from the scene for check out. 

 A second fire incident was also fielded by the Emergency Communications Center at 7:06pm.  Callers reported a house on fire in the 40,000 block of Cordgrass Circle in Arcola.  First arriving units discovered the single family home with significant fire showing and severe exposure threats on either side.  A second alarm was initiated as crews advanced hose lines to protect the exposures. Due to certain collapse potential, fire crews were forced to perform an aggressive exterior attack and had the blaze under control within the hour.   Fire-Rescue units from Dulles South, Arcola-Pleasant Valley, Aldie, Leesburg, Fairfax County and Prince William County responded to the scene.

The house was a total loss. The residents, two adults and two children who were displaced are staying with family members.  One civilian on the scene sustained a leg injury and one firefighter suffered a heat related illness, both were transported to the hospital for treatment.  The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office is in the process of investigating this incident. Additional details regarding the cause and damages resulting from both of these incidents will be released as available. 

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