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Man found dead in Va. home after fire

A Fairfax City man was found dead in his home Tuesday morning after a fire that investigators think may have been sparked by a smoldering cigarette.

The man’s name was not released pending notification of his family.

Fairfax City Assistant Fire Chief Andrew Wilson said the man was in his 50s and lived alone.

The fire, in a house in the 10900 block of Orchard Street, off Jermantown Road near Lanier Middle School, was reported by neighbors about 7 a.m., Wilson said.

The man and his dog, which also died, were discovered in a bedroom, but investigators think the fire started in the living room, Wilson said.

A preliminary investigation indicated that a cigarette may have caused the fire, which fire officials believe had been burning for sometime before its discovery.

A neighbor called police Monday night about 10:45 p.m. to report a smell of smoke, Fairfax City Police Chief Richard Rappoport said Tuesday, but neither the neighbor nor two officers could find the source.

-- Tom Jackman

By Washington Post Editors  | October 13, 2010; 1:27 AM ET
Categories:  Fairfax, Fires & Fire Safety, Tom Jackman  
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