Falls Church fire leaves child, woman, pet dead

A girl, a woman and a dog are dead following a house fire in Falls Church, Virginia, early Tuesday.

Patricia Stoderl, 67, of Falls Church, had critical injuries, and she later died from her injuries, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue said in a tweet.

Firefighters responded to the fire on the 6600 block of Barrett Road around 1:45 a.m. Stoderl, a girl and a dog were taken out of the single-family home. The girl died at the hospital. The girl’s exact age has not been shared publicly; fire department described her as a “preteen” to WTOP.

The dog pulled from the flames also died. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Below is where the fire happened.

WTOP’s Hugh Garbrick contributed to this story.


Jessica Kronzer

Jessica Kronzer graduated from James Madison University in May 2021 after studying media and politics. She enjoys covering politics, advocacy and compelling human-interest stories.

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