9 displaced in Herndon townhouse fire

HERNDON, Va. (WUSA9) -- A fire at a townhouse in Herndon on Sunday spread to other townhouses and resulted in nine people being displaced from their homes.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department officials say units arrived at approximately 7:05 p.m. at the single-family townhouse on 2400 block of Wheat Meadow Circle.

Firefighters encountered heavy smoke and fire coming from two floors of the three-level, middle of the row townhouse, according to officials. Additional firefighters were called to the scene. In total more than 60 firefighters were on the scene.

Officials tell us that the fire spread to several adjacent townhouses despite an aggressive attack on the fire. They say it took firefighters approximately 45 minutes to bring the fire under control.

Residents of the townhouses all escaped unharmed, say officials. The Red Cross is helping the nine occupants who were displaced.

Officials say that two of the townhouses were a total loss, and four others received minor damage. The damage estimate for all six townhouses is $900,000.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental and caused by improperly discarded smoking materials.


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