A man was seriously injured and a dog died in a two-alarm townhouse fire early Monday morning, according to the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.
The fire was reported at about 3 a.m. on 8556 Towne Manor Court in the Mount Vernon area. Firefighters saw heavy fire and smoke coming from the front of the three-story townhouse when they arrived.
The incident commander struck a second alarm due to the intensity of the fire. About 60 firefighters in total were called to the scene, the department reports.
“Firefighters conducted an aggressive fire attack while simultaneously raising ladders to rescue an adult male in a third floor bedroom,” according to a press release from the fire department.
Two adults were displaced in the fire. One man had to be flown to the Washington Hospital Burn Center to be treated for life-threatening injuries, the department reports.
Four dogs were rescued by firefighters who used pet oxygen masks. One dog did not survive.
Damage from the fire is estimated at $100,000. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.