An early morning fire in the Hunt at Belmont neighborhood in Ashburn destroyed two homes and damaged two others.
The fire began just before 3:30 a.m. at a home on Millstead Drive. When crews arrived on the scene, two homes had fire on the second floor and the through the roof. The fire then spread to two other neighboring homes.
According to Loudoun Fire-Rescue, the fire started in an unoccupied rental home. The residents of the other three residences were not at home—circumstances that likely to the fire going unreported for a significant period of time.
Once crews arrived, the fire was under control within 30 minutes.
One firefighter was taken to a hospital for treatment of burn injuries.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Laura Rinehart, fire-rescue’s public information officer, said the county brought in the Leesburg Police Department’s drone to survey the damage and that it’s unclear right now how much has been done.
She said that while two homes are destroyed and will definitely displace their occupants, the two other two homes could displace their owners for a brief time or maybe even not at all.
Rinehart said this is the most devastating fire the county has seen since May 25, when a Brambleton townhome burned.