Dog Perishes In McLean House Fire

On Wednesday, December 18 at approximately 10:44 a.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and the Arlington County Fire Department were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 6800 block of Old Chesterbrook Road in the McLean area of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on scene of a two-story, single-family home to find smoke showing from all sides of the house. Crews quickly located a fire in the basement which had extended to other floors of the home. The fire was rapidly contained and extinguished. A family dog was located in the basement but unfortunately did not survive. No firefighter or civilian injuries were reported.

No occupants were home at the time of the fire. The fire was discovered by a neighbor who called 9-1-1 and then flagged down a Fairfax County Police Officer. Smoke Alarms were present, but unknown if they activated.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire started in the basement. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Five occupants were displaced because of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered but declined. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $100,000.