Fire causes $200,000 in damage to Virginia home

A house fire caused $200,000 in damage to a Virginia home.

Towards the end of last week, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue units responded to a house that was on fire in the Burke area of Fairfax County. According to the department, when emergency responders got to the scene around 4:15 on Friday, Oct. 9, there was smoke and fire coming from the rear of the basement in the two story household. The single family home was on the 5200 block of Dunleigh Drive.

Firefighters than conducted an aggressive attack on the fire, which was brought under control after about 20 minutes. The occupants had been alerted to the issue by a sounding smoke alarm and were able to escape unharmed. Red Cross support was offered but denied by the occupants. Seven people have been displaced, though none have injuries.

The damage to the home is estimated to be around $219,000. According to investigators on the scene, the cause of the fire was completely accidental. A malfunctioning dehumidifier located in the basement of the home was the source of the fire. There have not yet been any updates as to how long it will take for the house to be safe to live in once again.

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