House fire in Round Hill was started by grill, officials say

A fire caused by a charcoal grill severely damaged a single-family house in Round Hill, Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Department officials said.

Fire and rescue crews from Round Hill, Philomont, Purcellville, Hamilton and Mount Weather were dispatched about 5:20 a.m. Wednesday to 19309 Yellow Schoolhouse Rd. They saw fire coming from the back of the two-story house. The three residents had left, authorities said.

The damage to the home was estimated to be $80,000.

Safety meeting scheduled for Dulles South residents

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office will have a public safety meeting for the Dulles South area July 23.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the community room of the Dulles South Public Safety Center, 25216 Loudoun County Pkwy., Chantilly.

Discussion topics will include recent crime trends and traffic safety concerns.

The meeting will be led by a sheriff’s office captain who represents the service area. Sheriff Mike Chapman and Lt. Col. Chris Harmison will also attend, along with supervisors from the Criminal Investigations Division, the Special Operations Division, community police officers and crime prevention deputies, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

The sheriff hosts quarterly public safety meetings in each of the county’s four service areas. Residents, homeowners associations, community groups and town representatives are invited to attend.

Hazardous waste collection is scheduled for Saturday

Loudoun County’s Department of Construction and Waste Management has scheduled the last household hazardous waste collection until September from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Stone Bridge High School, 43100 Hay Rd., Ashburn.

Household hazardous waste that will be accepted includes fluorescent bulbs; household batteries; oil-based paints, stains, varnishes and paint thinners; metal polishes; rust removers; wood preservatives; furniture polish; pesticides, insecticides and herbicides; pool chemicals; and old fuels, including gas and oil mixtures. Latex- and water-based paints are not a hazardous waste and can be dried or solidified and disposed of with household trash.

Items that are not accepted include used motor oil, antifreeze, automobile batteries, lead-acid batteries and propane tanks. Those can be recycled year-round at the Loudoun County Solid Waste Management Facility, 21101 Evergreen Mills Rd., Leesburg.

For information about recycling electronics, go to www.
loudoun.gov/electronics
.

The next household hazardous waste collection will be Sept. 15 at Harmony Middle School in Hamilton.

For tips on proper paint disposal and items that will be accepted, go to www.loudoun.gov/hhw or call the Department of Construction and Waste Management at 703-777-0187.

— Compiled by Caitlin Gibson