Crew 1 started the New Year serving the citizens of Leesburg with a busy night. On January 2, 2019 at 6:18pm, Engine 620 was dispatched on a motor vehicle accident at Battlefield Parkway SE and Lawson Road SE with Medic 613 from the Loudoun County Volunteer Rescue Squad. The Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center added Rescue 620 when several 911 calls reported a vehicle flipped on its side. Engine 620 arrived soon after and found all occupants had already climbed out of the vehicle with no injuries. Truck 620 and Engine 620 responded around 8pm to support Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department’s Engine 622 on a reported inside gas leak at Belmont Ridge Middle School. Truck 620 assisted Engine 622 with isolating a slow leak from an outside natural gas meter at the school.
At 1:38 a.m. on January 3, 2019, Truck 620 and Engine 620 were dispatched to 36 Fort Evans Road NE for a vehicle fire. They arrived on scene to find a sport utility vehicle engulfed in flames. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire preventing it from spreading to nearby vehicles. While firefighters were on the scene of the fire at 36 Fort Evans Road NE, crews were dispatched at 1:48 a.m. to a second vehicle fire at 28 Fort Evans Road NE. When firefighters from Truck 620 arrived on scene of the second auto fire, they discovered a four-door sedan fully engulfed in fire and spreading to a pickup truck parked adjacent to the sedan. Both vehicle fires were located approximately 150 yards apart in adjoining apartment complexes. Engine 620 was able to relocate from 36 Fort Evans Road NE to 28 Fort Evans Road NE and extinguish the second vehicle fire. Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department’s Engine 622 was initially dispatched to 28 Fort Evans Road NE and diverted to Hancock Place NE due to a reported third vehicle fire, but the Leesburg Police Department quickly confirmed there was not a third vehicle fire in the area.
A subsequent investigation by the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office revealed that both vehicle fires were intentionally set. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office at 703-737-8600 and ask for a Supervisor. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can call the Leesburg Crime Line at 703-443-TIPS (8477). Information can also be sent via text using TIPSUBMIT. Simply text 274637 (CRIMES) and include the code LPDTIP at the beginning of your message.