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Early morning structure fire on Gaines Road in Haymarket claims life of one victim Dec. 10

On Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 1:07 a.m., Prince William County fire and rescue crews were dispatched to the 16000 block of Gaines Road (Haymarket) for a reported structure fire.

According to the DFR report, crews observed a detached and occupied two-story garage (converted into a residence) on fire and a victim in front of the building when they arrived. A resident of the second story attempted to respond to a call for help from the first-floor resident but was met by fire and unable to assist. A third occupant heard the call for help as well and was able to rescue the victim from the first floor.

Fire and rescue crews began CPR on the victim who was transported from the scene to a local medical facility; however, the victim later died at the hospital, the report said. The rescuer sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported as well.

The DFR report said the garage/residence sustained extensive damage and declared a total loss. Two residents were displaced.. The occupants in the nearby single-family dwelling were not displaced.

The Fire Marshal’s Office determined the cause of the fire to be careless smoking, the report said.

The fire’s victim will be identified once next of kin has been confirmed and notified. An autopsy will be conducted. The investigation is continuing, the repot concluded.

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