Lorton fire victims identified
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.
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.
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.
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
| September 23, 2010; 6:27 PM ET
Categories: Fairfax, Fires & Fire Safety, Tom Jackman, Updates
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