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Two dead in overnight house fire in Falls Church

By James Arkin and ,

Two people were killed in a fire that that ripped through a home in Falls Church early Wednesday, authorities said.

Neighbors said a deaf woman and her daughter lived in the home, which a crowd of neighbors watched in horror as it burned on a frigid night.

The single-story house in the 3100 block of Manor Road was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived around 3:20 a.m., Fairfax County fire officials said.

“I’d never seen anything like it,” said Steven Klass, who lives next door to the destroyed house. Klass said he was awakened by a loud boom and the sound of the deaf woman screaming from inside the house.

Klass said the woman’s daughter lived with her, and he said that a male friend, also deaf, occasionally stayed there. Aside from the woman, whose screams he heard, did not know who was in the house at the time of the blaze.

Initially, fire officials reported one person dead and a second unaccounted for. As the investigation unfolded, the missing person was determined to have been killed in the blaze as well.

Two dogs and two cats were also killed, officials said.

The cause of the fire remains unknown and the investigation is ongoing.

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