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Early video: House fire in Loudoun County, Virginia.

This is a fire from yesterday afternoon on Thornblade Circle in the Broadlands community of Loudoun County, Virginia. As you will see in the video, the videographer appears to be on side C, while the first firefighters on the scene are not visible on side A (but their water soon is). One dog was killed, another dog was badly injured and a teenaged boy apparently was able to get into the front of the house and bring a third dog to safety.

There is some more information and pictures from Ashburn Patch in an article by Dusty Smith and Joseph Barron:

“Upon arrival there were heavy fire conditions with flames up the back of the house and through the roof,” (Battaltion Chief James) Williams explained during a brief interview on the scene.

It took about 30 minutes for firefighters to bring the fire under control, by which time the first and second floors of the single-family home were severely damaged, Williams said. Vinyl siding on the house directly next door was damaged from the radiant heat of the blaze. In addition, embers blowing in the wind ignited small fires in the wooded area adjacent to the home.

Williams said five fire stations reported to the one-alarm conflagration, including Ashburn, Moorefield Station, Lansdowne, Arcola and Dulles South.


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  • Anonymous

    Are we teaching stupidity in the fire service? Why did the engine at the end of the video not reverse lay from the tower to the hydrant? Hand laying LDH back to the tower, AND it appears they are not going to “pump” that line. Where are we learning this stuff from? Poor tactics are killing the American fire service !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • dinosauer

    Here we go again. If you were not there it is not necessary to give a critique. You don’t know the conditions on arrival to make judgements.
    When you run alot of working incidents you react differently than a department that is not very active fire wise.Loudoun County is a very young department and is moving forward.They learn from their mistakes.
    All I will say is the fire went out and everybody went home safe.
    Be safe

  • SFC

    How about the motorist passing by a fully involved structure fire without anyone seeming to care?

    • CBEMT

      Exactly what would you like them to do about it?

  • Crowbar

    “One-alarm conflagration…” let’s chip in and buy Dusty and Joseph a dictionary. ;-)

  • Anonymous

    I actually appreciate the constructive criticism from those that “were not there”. Sometimes you need to be a little removed from an incident to see the big picture. The guys who laid out to that hydrant probably thought they were doing OK. Maybe the comments will help them…in case they didn’t learn anything from hand-jacking all that LDH.
    My own department was “featured” in a video on this site about a year ago, and it wasn’t one of our finer moments. Maybe a little bruised ego helps. I know we learned a lot from watching ourselves, and reading the comments.

  • Jimmy DC

    At least they didn’t send six guys to the burn unit like they did in 2007 with there great tactics. Loudoun is a joke!


    Jimmy D-bag…that’s a pretty idiotic statement to make. Are you saying whoever was in command of that fire is a joke and the guys that got burnt are a joke..You should tell that to the fireman that ran towards the light and jumped out a second floor window to the ground and later was retired. I’m more than sure if it wasn’t for his years of experience in FD, he might not have been so lucky. Those that were injured were inside that house rather quickly and before any Chief arrived, before conditions deteriorated quickly.
    Loudoun might be a joke to you and that’s rightfully your opinion, but making a dumb a$$ statement about guys being sent to the burn unit is pretty low.

  • ear

    Hookman I agree with you 100%.Loudoun is learning from it’s mistakes.They have very young leadership who don’t have alot of experience.However they are doing much better.

  • Steve in NJ

    I hope Jimmy isn’t misrepresenting himself as a DC firefighter and throwing stones at someone else’s glass house. Your tactics should be based on the target hazards, building construction, apparatus staffing, station locations, water supply, traffic, setbacks, and any other conditions that are unique to your primary response area whether you work for a hundred year old fully paid urban department or a 15 year old combination rural/suburban department. That said, many videos on the internet scream, “please judge me.” My opinion is that this is NOT one of them (and I have certainly done my share of Monday morning quarterbacking). Small minor adjustments can be made at just about every run. Should/could they have performed a reverse lay instead of hand stretching supply line? Sure, I agree but that’s why we should be performing routine post-incident analyses especially in departments that don’t run many major incidents. Ultimately, looks to me like the fire was well involved on arrival with a significant exposure problem complicated by the wind. Fire was extinguished, exposure was saved, no civilians or firefighters were injured or killed.