Electrical Event Causes Rose Hill House Fire

On Saturday, April 14 at approximately 9:44 a.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and the City of Alexandria Fire Department were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 6100 block of Squire Lane in the Rose Hill section of Fairfax County.

Units arrived to find smoke and fire showing from the basement of a two-story, split-level house.   An aggressive attack on the fire was initiated. The fire was quickly extinguished. Crews conducted a search of all floors and found one dog who had succumbed to smoke inhalation. There were no reported injuries to civilians or firefighters.

No occupants were home at time of the fire. The fire was discovered by a neighbor when he saw smoke coming from the structure and called 9-1-1.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in the basement. The cause of the fire was an electrical event involving a service line supplying power to the dwelling from the electrical panel box.

Two occupants were displaced as a result of the fire. Red Cross services were offered and accepted. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $90,000.