Officials investigate second fire at Loudoun’s Community Corrections department

December 23, 2012

The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office has determined that another fire at the Department of Community Corrections, this one Wednesday at the agency’s new location, was also caused by arson.

Firefighters responded at 6:15 a.m. to 106 Edwards Ferry Rd. NE in Leesburg, where the department had relocated after a fire last month, said Mary Maguire, spokeswoman for Loudoun County Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services.

The Community Corrections Department had moved after a fire Nov. 14 in its offices at 107 E. Loudoun St. caused an estimated $200,000 in damage. The Fire Marshal’s Office determined that last month’s fire was set. There were no injuries.

The fire last week did minimal damage, officials said. No employees had to be relocated, and it was “business as usual,” said Anna Nissinen, county spokeswoman.

Both fires are under investigation. In a statement Friday, authorities said “the coincidence of the two recent fires is being evaluated, but currently no conclusive link has been made.”

The department coordinates alternative sentencing for non-
violent offenders, allowing them to perform community service as an alternative to incarceration. The office oversees probation and collection of court costs, fines and restitution; provides alternative bonding for nonviolent offenders who cannot make bail; and offers substance abuse counseling and other programs.

Anyone with information should contact Loudoun County Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919. Authorities said a reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of whoever is responsible for the fires.

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