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Fire Destroys Home in Great Falls

by Tim Regan — November 21, 2016 at 10:00 am 4 Comments

Home burned down in Great Falls Sunday, photo courtesy of Fairfax County Fire and Rescue

A fire destroyed a home just north of Reston early yesterday morning.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue crews rushed to the 1000 block of Northfalls Court in Great Falls just after 2:30 a.m. on Sunday.

When firefighters arrived, they found a two-story home engulfed in flames. Nobody was inside the home during the blaze, the department said. Additionally, nobody was injured fighting the fire.

“Investigation into the fire determined that the fire started in a second floor bedroom area with the exact cause still under investigation,” Fairfax County Fire and Rescue said.

The $726,250 home is a complete loss.

Photo courtesy Fairfax County Fire and Rescue

  • Chuck Morningwood

    Ouch! My sympathies to the homeowners and their family.

  • jmsullivan

    $726,250 is an oddly…precise figure.

    As it happens there are only a handful of homes on Northfall Court. It’s a cul de sac off Rt. 7. And from the photo – position of the driveway, architectural features of the house – some quick googling suggests it’s got to be one house in particular.

    But said house has an assessed tax value of $1,034,280, and last sold back in April of this year for $915,000. For that neighborhood, $726,250 is a pretty lowball number. Just curious where it came from.

    • Christine Gorman Purcell

      It’s most likely the value of the structure. The land underneath the structure also has value, and it is still there.

    • Mike M

      I have personal experience with this. The reality is that fire chief Joe on the scene always feels compelled to blurt out a number. He gets it out of his arse. He has not been trained nor is he required to spit out a number. Yet they always do.

      I remember standing in the dark dripping mess of what was once my living room and our fire chief Bill blurting out a number. I questioned his estimate. His good ole boys laughed me into oblivion. “Chief [Bubba] has seen a few more of these than you have,” one bubba said.

      What they didn’t know is that a tree fell on my house a year earlier in a hurricane. It did less damage across the same area. The damage was far more than Bubba’s estimate which clearly came out his arse. He was also wrong on his declaration of the cause, as was proven in a court of law by my insurance company.

      I expect to find Bubba in a podunk Fire Department. I am certain Fairfax County can do without him. Need more? Look up the Mittendorf case. Our firefighters have a leadership and staffing problem.

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