More than 30 people are displaced after an early morning fire tore through a Fairfax County apartment complex causing about $600,000 worth of damage. The community is also mourning the death of one person who didn’t make it out.
The flames started around 1 o’clock Monday morning. When fire crews arrived, they found the building engulfed in flames with fire coming from all three floors. One person was pronounced dead at the scene, but officials are not sure the cause of his death at this time. Crews did not confirm if there were any working smoke alarms, but residents say they didn’t hear any.
“I was outside walking my dog with my son, and people started yelling fire and they were running out so I called 911. None of the alarms were going off. The loud alarm that should’ve alerted the fire department was not ringing at all, so we were just banging on windows trying to get people out,” Aquilla Beard, resident at the Bent Tree Apartment Homes said.
Officials said that 30 people have been displaced from 13 units in the complex. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.