1 boy dead, 4 adults in hospital after Fairfax Co. house fire

WASHINGTON — A young boy is dead and four adults are in the hospital after a house fire in Lorton, Virginia, on Tuesday evening, Fairfax County police said.

According to police, the fire happened in the garage of a house in the 8100 block of Arcade Street at around 5:15 p.m. After putting out the flames, firefighters found a boy inside, but he was pronounced dead at the scene, Battalion Chief Willie Bailey said. Two pets were also found dead inside.

A woman and three men have been taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Two dogs were also rescued.

A retired firefighter and an off-duty firefighter who lived in the area attempted to enter the house to make a rescue but the smoke pushed them out, Bailey said. They were also transported to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

WTOP’s Teta Alim contributed to this report.

Rick Massimo

Rick Massimo came to WTOP, and to Washington, in 2013 after having lived in Providence, R.I., since he was a child. He's the author of "A Walking Tour of the Georgetown Set" and "I Got a Song: A History of the Newport Folk Festival."

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