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Fairfax County fire victim identified

Armes H. Hendela, 90, of the 5600 block of Heming Avenue in Fairfax County was one of two people who died in a two-alarm blaze at his home last month, officials said today.

Hendela and a second male victim, who has not yet been identified, were the first and second fire fatalities for 2010, according to Fairfax County fire officials. Hendela died of smoke inhalation.

About 6:30 a.m. Jan. 26, firefighters fought heavy fire and smoke coming from the rambler-style single-family home in the North Springfield section. Officials requested a second alarm, bringing more than 60 firefighters to the scene. One firefighter was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening. When firefighters searched the home, they found the two men dead inside.

Fire officials said the damage to the home is estimated at $272,000 and the cause remains under investigation.

-- Theola Labbé-DeBose

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  February 1, 2010; 9:23 AM ET
Categories:  Fairfax , Fires & Fire Safety , Theola Labbé-DeBose , Virginia  
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This is breaking news? The obituary for this man, along with his son, was published in The Post last week. The son's name, I believe, was Phillip.

Is this saying they buried someone who has not yet been identified?


Posted by: adjjones | February 1, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

@ adjiones:

You make a good point. Obviously, they knew whom they were burying. But sometimes it takes authorities quite a while to dot their I's and cross their T's before releasing information publicly. When they do, The Post, when we can, likes to close the loop. Fairfax officials just released this information this morning. So we are just reporting it this morning.

Mike Semel
Crime & Justice editor

Posted by: Washington Post editors | February 1, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

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