According to a Loudoun County, Virginia Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management Press Release, around 4:17 PM, on Tuesday, March 28, the Loudoun Fire-Rescue received a 911 call for a structure fire in the 43100 block of Katama Square in South Riding. The fire resulted in extensive damage to four townhouses.
I live a few blocks from the townhouses involved in the fire and had actually passed by them around 4:00 on my way to the South Riding Town Hall for a meeting. At about 4:30 we went outside to see what was happening. The fire was about two blocks east of Town Hall. We saw a big cloud of black smoke rising from the back of one of the townhouses and white smoke coming from the neighboring units. It didn't take long for the fire to spread. As more fire trucks and emergency vehicles were arriving on the scene, flames spread to the roof of two townhouses.
I ran home to get my camera and when I got back to the scene, the fire was almost under control, but the damage was done.
This map shows how close the fire was to my townhouse.
Looking west down Center Street from the corner of Center Street and Upper Clubhouse. The fire is at the end of the block and around the corner on the left.
Firemen in the backyard trying to put out the fire.
View from the front showing the fire under control
Residents gathered to watch the firemen put out the fire.
View of the front of the townhouses. The fire began in the townhouse with the brick front on the right and spread into the unit on the left.
A yellow Ashburn firetruck parked in front of the fire. According to reports, Loudoun County Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management, South Riding, Arcola, Moorefield, Ashburn, Aldie, Fairfax County, MWAA and Prince William responded to the scene.
One of the fireman who helped put out the fire.
The fire is under control, but the damage has been done.
Medevac helicoptor. An adult male, who was found in front of the townhouses when units first arrived was flown by helicopter to Washington Hospital Center for treatment of burn injuries sustained in the fire.
The firemen and fire marshall were on the scene for several hours after the fire was put out.
The next day, after work, I went back to look at the extent of the damage to the townhouses from the fire.
View of the back of the townhouses from Center Street.
View of the damage from the side. Workers were salvaging anything they could from the townhouses.
View of the damage from the front. The roofs were completely destroyed in the fire.
View in one of the front bedroom windows showing the extent of the damage inside the townhouse where the fire began.
View of the damage from the backyard.
The next afternoon, a demolition crew was tearing down the townhouse where the fire began. Other workers were removing carpet and plaster from the neibhboring units.
It is hard to believe that just 48 hours earlier, this was just a typical townhouse.
A large crane made short work of tearing down the townhouse. You can see the extent of damage to the attic of the neighboring townhouse.
View from the backyard showing the hole where a townhouse once stood.