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Posted at 9:38 PM ET, 01/28/2010

Fire guts Ashburn townhouse

By Erica Johnston

A two-alarm fire gutted an Ashburn townhouse Thursday evening and damaged the home next door, leaving two families displaced, Loudoun County Fire and Rescue officials said.

No injuries were reported in the fire, but rescuers did take one person the hospital with minor injuries "not related to the fire," said officer Dustin Sternbeck, a spokesman.

Firefighters were called to the 44100 block of Rising Sun Terrace about 5:30 p.m. and found heavy fire throughout a three-story end unit.

All residents escaped the house safely. It took firefighters about 30 minutes to bring the fire under control, but they spent nearly two hours checking hot spots and damage to the house next door.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

By Erica Johnston  | January 28, 2010; 9:38 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  
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