Update, 01/22/2015, 4:45pm: The victim has been identified as Dennis Leigh, 73.
- Cause of death is smoke inhalation
- 70 firefighters responded to the scene
- Cause of fire remains under investigation
Arlington County Fire Department responded to a house fire at 2112 S. Randolph early this morning. Firefighters arrived to find fire coming from a single family home and a report of one adult male trapped inside. Firefighters quickly rescued the victim from the first floor and provided emergency medical care. The victim was transported in life-threatening condition to Virginia Hospital Center, where he later pronounced dead. The medical examiner determined the cause of death to be smoke inhalation.
The fire went to a second alarm, bringing approximately 70 firefighters to the scene. The fire was extinguished within 30 minutes and no other injuries were reported.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Fire Marshals estimate the damage at $90,000.
Fire Marshals report that home had smoke alarms, but it is unknown if they were working.
The Arlington County Fire Department reminds you to:
- Install smoke alarms on every floor and in every bedroom.
- Test your smoke alarms every month by pressing the “test” button.
- Change the batteries in all alarms twice a year with daylight savings time, unless you alarm is equipped with a 10 year lithium battery.
- Ensure every person in your home understands and practices your home fire escape plan twice a year. Your plan should include two ways out of every room, getting low, closing the door behind, going directly to your predetermined family meeting place, and then calling 9-1-1.
If you do not have a working smoke alarm, the fire department provides free smoke alarm installations for Arlington County residents.