The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office is looking into the cause of a fire that severely damaged two local townhouses last Tuesday.
Just before 3 a.m., April 24, Loudoun County Fire and Rescue received a 911 call for a house fire on Pierpoint Terrace in Lansdowne. Firefighters from Ashburn, Moorefield, Leesburg, Sterling, Hamilton, Lucketts, Arcola, Purcellville, Dulles South and the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority responded to the blaze, which was rated a two-alarm fire.
On the scene, firefighters saw the townhouses at 43657 and 43655 Pierpoint Terrace on fire. The blaze was brought under control by 4 a.m.
Mary Maguire, spokesperson for the department of fire and rescue, said the investigation into the incident is still ongoing and there is no indication what started the fire.
"That is not unusual with a fire of this size," she said. "It usually takes a while to get a determination on it."
The home at 43655 Pierpoint Terrace is for sale, and Fire Marshal Keith Brower said the home is unoccupied.
In addition to the two homes involved in the fire, 43659 Pierpoint Terrace sustained damage to the roof and second floor, and 43661 Pierpoint Terrace sustained minimal smoke and roof damage.
"The first two homes had significant damage," Brower said. "The third home’s damage was from smoke and water. The fourth home was able to be clear and reoccupied."
The fire’s damage is estimated to be approximately $1.25 million.
— Erika Jacobson