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The Loudoun Fire Marshal's Office determined that a Leesburg house fire Monday had been started accidentally by a child. Family members were not injured; damage was estimated at $200,000.
The Loudoun Fire Marshal's Office determined that a Leesburg house fire Monday had been started accidentally by a child. Family members were not injured; damage was estimated at $200,000. (Loudoun County Fire, Rescue And Emergency Management Department)

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Leesburg house fire caused by child, officials say

Loudoun County fire officials have determined that a fire at a Leesburg house was started accidentally by a child, according to a statement released Monday.

Emergency crews were dispatched Monday morning to a single-family house in the 19000 block of Summit Ash Court after a 911 call from the homeowner.

Family members evacuated the house on their own and were not injured. A Loudoun firefighter was taken to Inova Cornwall Hospital, where he was treated for dehydration.

The Loudoun Fire Marshal's Office estimated the damage at $200,000.

Aldie man, 64, dies from injuries in fire

A 64-year-old Aldie man died Aug. 5 of injuries he suffered in a June 27 fire, the Loudoun County Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management Department said.

The man had burns on 90 percent of his body and had been taken to Washington Hospital Center.

The fire broke out at his single-family house, in the 24000 block of Peach Orchard Lane. Emergency personnel found the man, whose name was not released, on the back porch. Fire officials said he had been riding a lawn mower and hit a gas can in his garage.

The Loudoun Fire Marshal's Office ruled the fire accidental.

This is the county's first fire-related death since a Lovettsville women died from burn injuries in December 2005.

ArtSquare to offer photography classes

ArtSquare in Leesburg will begin offering photography classes and workshops for beginners and advanced students.

For course descriptions, schedules and costs, go to http://loudounartsquare.org or call 703-777-8043.

Motorcycle riders to honor victims of 9/11 attacks

As a tribute to the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, a group of motorcycle riders will travel through Leesburg on Friday.

America's 9/11 Ride participants will go south on Route 15 Business into Leesburg, continuing southbound on King Street through downtown. Riders will then take the Route 7/15 bypass east to the Dulles Greenway, which they will take to the District.

Riders are expected to arrive in Leesburg about 1:45 p.m. During the procession through downtown, King Street will be closed to traffic for 30 minutes.

For information about America's 9/11 Ride, which is based in Leesburg, go to http://www.americas911foundation.org.

-- Compiled by Chanda Washington


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