Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Police are looking for a suspect who left the scene on foot Wednesday morning.
Update: Wednesday, 7:51 p.m.: Lawrence Reese's body is covered in third degree burns, and he will be staying at the Washington Burn Center for an undetermined period. "I'm feeling down in the lowest dumps right now, the way I feel," said Reese, the owner of The Sub Shop. "I hope that I can get some energy, and I will. I'm going to be ok." Reese's wife, Lynnette, said that her husband did not see the suspect who allegedly threw the explosive in The Sub Shop, and that he has never wanted to hurt anyone. "He built his business from the ground-up," said Annette Reese. "I'm not ok, but he's going to be ok. He's hanging in there." ---- Update: 3:24 p.m.: Fairfax County Police say that "some sort of incendiary event" occurred at the Sub Shop at …
Monday, April 9, 2012
Luckily, no one was hurt
UPDATE: Investigators with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department have determined that an unattended candle on the front porch caused Saturday's two-alarm house fire in Lorton. The accidental fire completely destroyed the home in the 9200 block of Forest Greens Drive within a half-hour. Three women (two adults and a juvenile) and a dog were rescued from the scene by a neighbor minutes before the home was overtaken by flames. One firefighter was taken to the hospital for observation. Firefighters arrived at the scene at around 5 p.m. and tried to subdue the blaze from both the exterior and interior of the house, but the fire was too intense and had to evacuate. The roof and second floor of the house collapsed. Unattended candles …
Thursday, March 31, 2011
No injuries, damage limited
Fairfax County firefighters were called to 7708 Capron Court at approximately 1:40 this afternoon in response to a townhouse fire. Neighbors called 911 and firefighters arrived to the scene quickly to put out the blaze within minutes, containing it to the attic. Residents were not at home when the fire broke out, but a dog was rescued safely. Operations Deputy Chief Andrew Duke said the proximity of the fire station on Armistead Road was critical to controlling the blaze, as it easily could have spread to neighboring townhomes. No firefighters were injured and the cause of the fire is under investigation.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Blaze gained strength from wind
A brush fire that broke out this afternoon in a wooded area a few hundred yards off Richmond Highway in Lorton between the Woodside Apartments and Birch Crest Way was safely extinguished without incident by Fairfax County Firefighters. According to Engine Company Captain Anthony Jackson personnel arrived on the scene at 1:29 p.m. and found a small fire that was quickly spreading due to high winds. The area affected eventually covered 2.5-3 acres. There was no injuries to firefighters or damage to property. The cause of the fire is undetermined. * - The first version of this story identified Anthony Jackson as a Public Information Officer. His correct title is now listed.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Fire caused by electrical problem in attached shed
UPDATE: Jan. 2, 2011 Here's an update on the fire at 7673 Sheffield Village Lane reported last week: The occupants were home when the fire broke out and escaped unharmed. It took firefighters approximately 15 minutes to bring the fire under control. Two adults and three children have been displaced. Red Cross is assisting the family. There were no injuries. The townhouse is a total loss. Additionally, two adjacent townhouses each received approximately $15,000 in damages. According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. An electrical anomaly in an attached shed containing an electrical panel caused the fire. ============= Thirty firefighters were on the scene last night in Lorton at a fire reported to a townhome at 7673 Sheffield …
Friday, November 5, 2010
Officials provide pointers to concerned citizens
Personnel from several different county agencies met last night with citizens from the Hagel Circle area. Six weeks after a fire that claimed three lives, two of which were children's, and with winter in the air, officials felt the time was right to call together neighborhood residents in and provide them with some basic safety recommendations. With the loss of Tookie and Solomon Anderson and their mother Eileen still fresh on people's minds, Battalion Chief Anthony Barrero of Investigative Services and Deputy Chief of Fire Prevention Derek Baker gave a presentation on fire safety. The presentation featured some helpful hints on what to do in the event of a power outage, particularly with regard to food, heat and fire safety. Barrero and …
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Unattended, they led to a fire that killed three including two children
According to investigators, the fire on September 22 at Hagel Circle in Lorton was accidentally started by unattended candles. Three people died in the blaze: Eileen (Allie) Langham-Anderson, 24, and two of her children, Solomon 5, and Alfonso (Tookie), 3. Four others were injured, including three of Langham-Anderson's children. They escaped thanks to the heroic efforts of their mother, who passed them out of the window to a family friend as the fire raged. Neighbors reported that just days before the fire the family's electricity had been shut off and they were using candles as a light source. In light of the tragedy, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue released the following on candle safety:
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Local religious leaders offer comfort
South County Church Pastor Andy Casper led dozens who gathered for a candlelight vigil Saturday evening to remember Eileen "Allie" Langham-Anderson, 24 and two of her sons, Solomon, 5 and "Tookie", 3. They died in a fire at their home on Wednesday morning. Family members indicated that funeral services will be held on Wednesday in Dale City.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Solomon and 'Tookie'
The two boys who died in Wednesday morning's fire at a townhome on Hagel Circle in Lorton made a lasting impression on most every person they met during their young lives. Three-year-old Alfonso (known to everyone in the neighborhood as "Tookie") and his five-year-old brother Solomon made fast friends. Fairfax County police and fire officials are still investigating the fire, which also took the life of the boys' mother, Eileen C. "Allie" Langham-Anderson. Tayyaba Piracha cared for both boys, and occasionally their siblings, in the day care she operates a few hundred yards from where the tragic fire occurred. She had cared for them since they moved to Lorton with their mother last winter. "They made people smile," she said, a sad smile …
Neighbors still in shock
A gutted building, household goods, springs from a mattress and, heartbreakingly, the first sentence of a child's diary. This is what remains of 9639 Hagel Circle, the address of the home that caught fire yesterday morning. The quickly-spreading blaze claimed the life of a mother and two of her young children. Her three other children survived in large part due to her heroic efforts, as she lowered them through a window into the safe hands of the other adult resident of the building who had managed to get outside. Neighbors and friends gathered to remember both those who were lost and those who survived. Fairfax County Fire officials inidcated the investigation into the blaze is ongoing.