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Fireground audio from triple-fatal fire in Fairfax County, Virginia. Lorton mother saves 3 children but dies trying to get to 2 others.

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From WUSA9.com:

A 24-year-old mother and two of her children died in a fire after the woman saved her three other children by telling them to jump out the window.

Friends identify the mother recently separated from her husband as Eileen Armstrong, known as Allie. They said she had been recently facing financial difficulties after giving birth to her two month old daughter.

Witnesses watched in horror Wednesday morning as Armstrong stood inside her burning townhouse unit on the 9600 block of Hagel Circle. She told her 6 year old son and 8 year old son to jump to the ground to safety. She then saved the infant’s life by throwing her from a second floor window into the arms of a friend outside.

But neighbors never saw her after she disappeared inside to rescue her 3 year old and 5 year old sons. Flames spread too rapidly and they watched helpless.

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  • Michael

    A very sad story, but you can tell from the radio communication that the FD is very highly trained and extremely professional. There is no doubt they did everything they could to effect a rescue. My prayers are with the family of the victims.

  • http://ayuhitsme@aol.com Sydney

    My prayers are with the family of the victims and also the passersby who stepped in to help and the courageous firefighters who worked the fire. My brother was one of the firefighters and it really takes a long time to get over something like this. He will remember this for the rest of his life.

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  • Jester

    I know the husband.. and he is a strong man, but this is killing him. Everyone please keep him in your Prayers!

  • Anonymous

    I don’t have any words. My prayers are with the family and the victims.

  • http://facebook.com amber langham

    this was my sister who died in this fire and my to lil cousins i miss them all dearly but god took them for a reason im not axactly sure why but i guess things jus have to happen somtimes but anybody that has ever thought bad about my sister they are definitaly wrong because she was a hero and that is ONE TRUE FACT about my big sister ily sooooooooo much and i hope that you willl rest in peace and i will see you sooon when i hopefully get there

    • dave statter

      Very sorry for your loss.

      Dave Statter