Merrifield House Fire Determined To Be Arson

On Sunday, April 23, at approximately 6:55 p.m., units from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and Arlington County Fire Department were dispatched for a house fire in the 2800 block of Hyson Lane in the Merrifield section of Fairfax County. 

Upon arrival, units found a one-story, single family house with fire visible from inside a front room. Bystanders reported seeing four children playing in the home prior to the fire. Units simultaneously extinguished the fire and searched the home for occupants. No one was found. It was determined the home was uninhabited at the time of the fire.

A neighbor discovered the fire and called 911. The neighbor also reported seeing four juveniles flee the scene.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire started in the living room. The cause of the fire was incendiary in nature. Fire Investigators determined that there were four juveniles involved and charges are pending. 

There were no reported firefighter or civilian injuries. Red Cross assistance was not needed.

Damages as a result of the fire are approximately $128,587.