House fire in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia
UPDATE (2:02 PM): 2 Del Ray neighbors who lost everything in the fire, have a GoFundMe page asking neighbors for help.
Upon arriving on scene, firefighters saw smoke coming from the house and found fire on the second floor, according to scanner traffic. The fire escalated to three alarms because of reported hoarding conditions in the house and to help first arriving firefighters battle heat exhaustion. Mutual aid units responded from Arlington County, Fairfax County, as well as National Airport.
Two firefighters were injured during the response and were being treated for minor injuries at a local hospital.
Six residents living in the three apartments were displaced. Red Cross was on scene assisting the residents. One dog and one cat were rescued by AFD. A second cat is still missing.
The house at 112 East Howell Avenue was built in 1904 by John A Carpenter, who was a local merchant, including running a grocery store on the site that Evening Star now stands. It is one of the larger of the older houses and it is a contributing structure to the Town of Potomac National Historic District, and is so listed.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation. The house was condemned by fire investigators.