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Lorton fire victims identified

Tom Jackman

A 24-year-old mother of five who died in a fire along with two of her children in their rented Lorton townhouse Wednesday morning was identified Thursday as Elieen C. "Allie" Langham-Anderson, Fairfax fire officials said.

Also killed in the fire were 5-year-old Soloman Anderson and 3-year-old Alfonso Anderson, Fairfax fire spokesman Dan Schmidt said.


Elieen C. "Allie" Langham-Anderson, with one of her children.

Autopsies showed that all three died from smoke inhalation, Schmidt said. No foul play is suspected.

Witnesses told fire officials that Allie Anderson handed her 2-month-old daughter, her 6-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter out a second-story window as the fire raged in the 9600 block of Hagel Circle, just off Route 1.


Alfonso Anderson, 3.

A man who had been staying with the Anderson family received the children and helped them to safety, but Anderson and two of her sons did not escape.

The cause of the fire had not been determined Thursday. A friend of Anderson's said the townhouse had no electricity, and she had bought candles with Anderson earlier in the week.


Soloman Anderson, 5.

The three children who were rescued were taken to the burn unit at Washington Hospital Center and are expected to make full recoveries, Schmidt said. The children's father appeared at the fire scene and has been involved with the children, Schmidt said.

-- Tom Jackman

By Tom Jackman  | September 23, 2010; 6:27 PM ET
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Lord Jesus

Posted by: msdooby1 | September 24, 2010 7:20 AM | Report abuse

I love you guys and will miss all of you. You are in my prayers.

RIP Allie, Solomon & Tookie!!!

<3 Auntie Cee

Posted by: ms_ccarter | September 24, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Allie was a beautiful, gentle and amazing mom. Despite her many sufferings, some we neighbors and friends didn't know of until she was gone, Allie had the grace to raise good and joyful children. Neighbors of all ages are heartbroken. Even firefighters wept. May Allie and her sons rest in peace with the Lord Jesus. May her surviving family heal and thrive with the help of God and good friends. Please pray for the entire family, firefighters, police and all who bravely serve us. Thank you.

Posted by: anonymous98 | September 24, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

A heartbreakig story. Bless you Allie and your little sons. So terribly sad.

Posted by: maryryan100 | September 24, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

This is so sad. She was in the middle of trying to get the children out and they were overcome that quickly. Says a lot about how quickly a fire can spread and sad it was because they didn't have electric.

Posted by: SusanMarie2 | October 6, 2010 6:53 AM | Report abuse

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