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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Firefighters rescue dogs from burning townhouse

Fairfax County firefighters rescued two dogs from a house at 4101 Morin St., in the Barcroft Square townhouse community on Sept. 4.

They encountered smoke and fire coming from the basement level of the two-story, end-unit home when they arrived Sept. 4 at approximately 10:30 a.m. It took about 10 minutes to bring the fire under control.

The two residents weren’t home, but firefighters found two dogs. One was unconscious and was having difficulty breathing. Paramedics used a pet mask to provide oxygen to the dog who began to improve immediately. Both dogs were taken to a local animal hospital for additional care. 

Damage is estimated at $62,000. Fire investigators have not yet determined the cause of the fire. The house, close to the Lincolnia Road /Old Columbia Pike intersection, did have smoke alarms, and they were activated. The residents were displaced and declined Red Cross Support.

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