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by Dave Emke — April 20, 2017 at 11:15 am 12 Comments

A treadmill is being pinpointed as the cause of a blaze in a single-family residence in South Reston that caused nearly a quarter-million dollars in damages.

Units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue responded to the scene of the blaze in the 2200 block of Marginella Drive, off Glade Drive, around 8:38 a.m. Wednesday.

From a Fairfax County Fire and Rescue press release:

“Units arrived on scene to find fire showing from the rear of a two-story, single family house. Firefighters went to work extinguishing a large volume of fire in the back of the home. They were able to bring the fire under control approximately ten minutes after arrival.”

One of the home’s occupants discovered the fire and called 911, fire officials report, after which smoke alarms in the home did activate. Both occupants of the home were able to get out safely.

Fire investigators say a treadmill in the home’s sunroom was the source of the blaze.

Damages as a result of the fire are estimated at $237,466, fire officials say. At the scene Thursday morning, most of the home’s windows are boarded up, as are doors and the garage. Insurance assessors were at the scene surveying the damage.

Photo at top courtesy Fairfax County Fire and Rescue

by RestonNow.com — April 11, 2017 at 4:40 pm 0

A Sunday fire on Brown Fox Way has displaced two adults, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue reports.

Units from the Fox Mill station were dispatched to the blaze in the 12300 block at about 12:30 p.m. Sunday. When they arrived, they saw smoke showing from the front of the two-story, single-family house. The fire was found in the kitchen, firefighters said, and they were told by residents that there had been a problem with a circuit breaker that had tripped.

Both occupants of the home escaped without injury. Smoke alarms had activated, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue says.

According to investigators:

“The fire started under the cook top, in the back of a base cabinet in the kitchen. The fire was accidental in nature and was caused from an undetermined electrical event. In addition, the fire caused the natural gas line to fail which led to a gas fed fire.”

Red Cross assistance was offered to the residents, who declined. Damages as a result of the fire have been estimated to be approximately $93,750.

by Dave Emke — January 6, 2017 at 5:00 pm 0

(Updated 7:50 p.m. to include statements from Deputy Fire Chief Anthony Barrero)

A Herndon townhouse suffered heavy damage in a Friday afternoon fire, but all occupants are safe.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue crews responded to a report of a blaze in the 2500 block of Chase Wellesley Drive, off McNair Farms Drive, around 3:30 p.m. Friday.

A pair of ladder trucks were involved in battling the flames, which were quickly brought under control by the responding units.

According to Deputy Chief Anthony Barrero of Fairfax County Fire and Rescue, the fire started with an outside gas grill.

“They were outside cooking,” Barrero said. “Burning on the grill led to the fire, which extended up to the attic space.”

Barrero said two adults were home at the time of the blaze; however, a total of four adults and two juveniles were living in the townhouse. The Red Cross is assisting the residents.

No one was injured in the blaze, Barrero said, and there were no pets in the home.

The townhouse is a middle house in a row of attached dwellings. Barrero said the fire did extend to one neighboring home, which he said suffered “very minor damage” on its second floor.

The fire caused an estimated $90,000 in damage to the townhouse itself and $10,000 in damage to contents, Barrero said.

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

by Ryan Moore — November 16, 2016 at 2:45 pm 0

Fairfax County Fire RescueThe improper disposal of “smoking materials” caused a fire that left three men without a home last night, according to the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.

Firefighters rushed to the scene of a townhouse fire on the 11500 block of Hearthstone Court around 10:38 p.m. Tuesday. Rescue crews knocked the fire down about 12 minutes after arriving.

Investigators said the home’s three residents had already safely evacuated before firefighters got there. The men became aware of the fire after one of them saw smoke while in the kitchen.

Only one smoke alarm was found in the house. Although it was located on the second floor, the battery wasn’t connected and it did not activate, officials said.

“Fire investigators determined the fire originated in a bedroom of the home. The cause of the fire is accidental as a result of improper disposal of smoking materials,” according to a Fire and Rescue press release.

The three displaced residents are receiving Red Cross assistance. The home has an estimated $18,75o in damages.

File photo

by Andrew Ramonas — November 2, 2016 at 2:50 pm 13 Comments

Nov. 1 2016 condo fire (Photo via Twitter/LoveRunandPray)

(Updated at 3 p.m.) An accidental fire erupted in the kitchen of a Reston condo with someone and a cat inside last night, causing about $180,000 in damage and displacing locals, according to the Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department.

About 40 firefighters rushed to the unit in a four-story building on the 12000 block of Market Street about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Firefighters used a 35-foot ladder to climb up to the condo’s occupant and calm the individual as the person waited for help on a balcony. They eventually helped the occupant walk through the building and get into an ambulance, which brought the individual to a local hospital for evaluation.

At some point, the person’s cat went missing, but was later found.

A single sprinkler head was able to extinguish the fire, which came from an oven.

Five residents were displaced due to the blaze. Six condo units were damaged.

Photo via Twitter/LoveRunandPray

by Karen Goff — August 1, 2016 at 11:30 am 4 Comments

Two dogs perished in a Reston townhouse fire on Friday night, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue officials said.

Firefighters were called to the 11200 block of  Silentwood Lane about 9:44 p.m. for reports of a townhouse on fire.

Upon arrival, firefighters observed smoke and fire showing from a three-story townhouse. An aggressive attack was conducted and the fire was brought under control. There were no firefighter or civilian injuries. The house did not have working smoke alarms, officials said. The fire was discovered by a neighbor.

The two occupants were not home at the time of the fire. Two adults have been displaced. Red Cross assistance was declined. Total property loss is estimated at $93,750.

Friends of the young couple who lived at the townhouse have set up a Go Fund Me account to help them. the dogs who died were named Prim and Finn, according to the Go Fund Me page.

Investigation revealed that the fire originated on the kitchen counter. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

Photos courtesy Kurt Rose

by Karen Goff — June 9, 2016 at 2:20 pm 11 Comments

Utility pole fire by Home Depot/Credit: William HoThe Fairfax County’s 911 Center says the Verizon fiber line damaged in last night’s pole fire in Reston may be limiting access to 911 services in the area today.

Verizon has been working on correcting the problem, which has been causing cable, cell and phone issues since the fire at about 6:30 p.m. last night.

A utility pole caught fire near Home Depot Wednesday, knocking out power to the area around Baron Cameron Avenue and Reston Parkway.

The intersection and nearby traffic lights were closed for about two hours, making for slow traffic at one of Reston’s busiest intersections. The intersection was closed again at mid-day today as crews continue to try and fix the issue.

Verizon customer service has given varying reports of when service will be restored. They said earlier today that it would be back by noon, but that has not happened as of 1:30 p.m.

Reports now vary from 3:45 p.m. to tomorrow morning.

Some AT&T customers are also reporting issues.

by Karen Goff — June 9, 2016 at 7:40 am 16 Comments

Utility pole fire by Home Depot/Credit: William Ho

A utility pole caught fire near Home Depot about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, knocking out power to the area around Baron Cameron Avenue and Reston Parkway.

The intersection and nearby traffic lights were closed for about two hours, making for slow traffic at one of Reston’s busiest intersections.

Readers report Verizon/Verizon Fios service was also disrupted due to the fire. It is still out in some areas as of Thursday morning.

There were no injuries and officials are investigating the cause of the fire. Dominion Virginia Power says all power has now been restored.

Photo courtesy William Ho

by Karen Goff — March 29, 2016 at 10:00 am 14 Comments

Antwan Green/Arlington County PoliceA Reston man is a suspect in a home invasion and arson at a Reston townhouse where he rented a room, according to Fairfax County Police search warrant.

Police believe Antwan Green, 35, committed those crimes on Dec. 3 and 4, NBC4 Washington reports.

The search warrant says two people, one believed to be Green, knocked on the door of a townhome on Edgemere Circle in Reston Dec. 3 and forced their way inside.

The suspects bound the hands and feet of the 67-year-old woman inside with electrical cords. They took her car, but later abandoned it. When police found the car, they also found mail addressed to Green inside of it, NBC4 said.

Just hours after the home invasion, a fire broke out at a townhome on St. Trinain’s Court, where Green rented a lower-level room. A woman suffered critical injuries when she jumped from a second-floor window of the burning house.

According to the court documents, Green was caught on video at a nearby convenience store buying a lighter, charcoal and lighter fluid just before the fire.

Neighbors told News4 Green rented the basement of the town home but recently had a falling out with the owner. A juvenile informant also told police Green was at the home invasion and the fire.

Green hasn’t yet been charged with arson or the home invasion, but is already in custody without bond on several other charges ranging from bail violations to strangulation to malicious wounding and drug charges.

Green was arrested in Arlington on Dec. 10, on multiple charges stemming from crashing a stolen vehicle and carrying a concealed weapon without a permit. A few days later, he was also charged with felony destruction of property while in jail, where he allegedly “destroyed a fire protection system,” court records show.

Green will be in  Arlington General District Court on those charges on Thursday.

Photo: Antwan Green/Arlington County Police via News4

by Karen Goff — February 18, 2016 at 5:35 pm 5 Comments

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue crews are on the scene of a fire that apparently started the garage of a townhouse in the 11800 block of Mediterranean Court in Reston.

Firefighters were called to the scene about 4:30 p.m. and were still working to get the last of the blaze under control in the two-car garage 30 minutes later.

There did not appear to be any injuries, firefighter said, adding they would have more details later.

by Karen Goff — May 26, 2015 at 10:45 am 1,268 2 Comments

Fairfax County Fire RescueFairfax County Fire and Rescue officials say an accidental fire caused $50,000 to a restaurant at 13861 Sunrise Valley Dr. on Saturday.

Units were called to the commercial area about 9:40 p.m., where they found smoke and fire coming from Sizzling Express Deli, which is located in an office building in unincorporated Herndon.

Firefighters encountered smoke and fire coming from the first floor of the four-story building upon arrival. Firefighters conducted an aggressive fire attack and quickly extinguished the fire, officials said.

There was no one in the restaurant when the fire broke out. The alarm company called 911 after a smoke alarm activated. There were no injuries.

Damage is estimated at $50,000.

Fire investigators have determined the fire was accidental and caused by an unattended pan on a hot stove.

by Andrea Swalec — January 28, 2015 at 4:40 pm 0

Photo via AP/Capital Gazette, Glenn A. Miller

The head of a Reston cybersecurity firm, his wife and four grandchildren are confirmed to have died in the blaze that destroyed an Annapolis-area mansion.

Don and Sandy Pyle and their grandchildren Charlotte, Katie, Lexi and Wes Boone, who ranged in age from 6 to 8, were positively identified by the Anne Arundel County medical examiner, officials announced this afternoon.

The blaze that reduced the Pyles’ $6 million home to rubble was caused by an electrical failure that set a 15-foot Christmas tree alight within minutes, Anne Arundel County Fire and Police chief Allan Graves at a press conference. The tree had been cut more than 60 days prior to the overnight fire Jan. 19.

“When they’re dry, they burn quickly,” Graves said, noting investigators were still working to identify other factors that may have contributed to the size and speed of the accidental fire.

Fire alarms sounded in the Pyles’ home about 3:30 a.m., federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent Bill McMullan said. Authorities were notified within three minutes.

“It’s a tragic accident that occurred at the absolute worst possible time — when the Pyles and their grandchildren were sleeping,” he said.

The family was previously announced to be missing, and then presumed dead.

Donald Pyle, 56, was hired last fall as chief operating officer at ScienceLogic, a Reston-based firm that monitors networks for private and government clients, including the Department of Defense.

He was remembered on his company’s website as having a “vivacious spirit, thirst for life, and love of family.”

“Humble and brilliant, Don possessed a special leadership quality that lifted others to seek accomplishments beyond what they originally thought possible,” the statement from ScienceLogic CEO David Link said.

Photo: Firefighters at home of Reston-based ScienceLogic CEO Donald Pyle. Photo via AP/Capital Gazette, Glenn A. Miller

by Karen Goff — January 20, 2015 at 11:05 am 1,010 5 Comments

Firefighters at the remains of home belonging to Reston-based exec Donald Pyle/Credit: NBC News via Twitter

Anne Arundel County(Md.) fire officials said Tuesday that fire continues to smolder in the lower level of the 16,000-square-foot home belonging to Donald Pyle, Chief Operating Officer of Reston’s ScienceLogic.

Pyle, 55, his wife and four grandchildren remain missing after the blaze completely destroyed the $6.2-million mansion near Annapolis early on Monday. More than 85 firefighters were called to the four-alarm fire.

Anne Arundel County fire investigator Robert Howarth said the six will remain classified as “missing and unaccounted for” until investigators see evidence that they were killed in the fire.

Investigators have not yet been able to enter the home to look for victims due to the active fire and the lack of necessary machinery to lift giant support beams that fell into the basement, Howarth said.

“They are officially missing,” he said at a news conference Tuesday morning. “We do not declare anyone deceased until we know for sure and recover evidence. … There are six people unaccounted for — and we still do not have 100 percent proof they are in the house. But the house is where we will focus [the investigation].’

Howarth said the fire is being investigated as a crime scene, mainly because there are no witnesses as to how to fire started.

Officials said there are unique challenges in searching a 16,000-square-foot home and that the investigation is more like a commercial fire investigation. They will be bringing in heavy equipment on Tuesday that will enable crews to remove and inspect debris, as well as search for victims. The investigation could take several days, department spokesman Russ Davies said.

Donald Pyle was hired last fall as chief operating officer at ScienceLogic, a cybersecurity company that monitors networks for private and government clients, including the Department of Defense.

Firefighters at the remains of home belonging to Reston-based exec Donald Pyle/Credit: NBC News via Twitter

by Karen Goff — January 20, 2015 at 8:25 am 2,643 0

Donald Pyle, CEO of Reston company, is missing after blaze at his home/AP Photo/Capital Gazette, Glenn A. Miller

The Chief Operating Officer of a Reston cybersecurity firm and his family are among the missing people after a four-alarm fire at his Anne Arundel County home on Monday morning.

Firefighters responded to a 3:30 a.m. alarm at the 16,000-square-foot home on Childs Point Road in Annapolis, The Washington Post reported. It took 85 firefighters several hours to control the blaze.

The $6.2 million home was purchased by Donald and Sandra Pyle in 2005, the Post reported that property records show.

Donald Pyle was hired last fall as chief operating officer at ScienceLogic, a Reston-based cybersecurity company that monitors networks for private and government clients, including the Department of Defense.

The family of six was still unaccounted for Monday evening, investigators said. Pyle was believed to have been at home with his wife and four grandchildren, WJLA reported.

Yama Habibzai, a spokesman for ScienceLogic, which is located at 10700 Parkridge Blvd. in Reston, confirmed in an email to The Associated Press that there was a fire at Pyle’s home early Monday and the case is under investigation. He said the company had no further comment.

By Monday evening, crews had to suspend the search, The Baltimore Sun reported. Crews will return to the scene Tuesday with special equipment.

The Sun also reported that fire officials said there is a chance Pyle and his family may be out of town, however they have gotten no response when trying to reach them via cell phone.

Photo: Firefighters at blaze at home of Reston-based ScienceLogic CEO Donald Pyle/Credit: AP /Capital Gazette, Glenn A. Miller

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