FALLS CHURCH, Va. (CBSDC) — Two people and numerous pets are dead following a massive early morning fire in Falls Church.
The blaze began shortly before 3:30 a.m. Wednesday at a home in the 3100 block of Manor Road, authorities say.
Firefighters, who were stationed just five blocks away, could do little as they arrived at the home which was completely engulfed in flames.
The body of one person was discovered inside the home shortly after the fire was extinguished. A second body was located hours later after firefighters combed through the charred remains of the residence, a fire department spokesperson says.
Neighbors say at least two of the three residents of the home were deaf and one was confined to a wheelchair.
A third individual who lives at residence may not have been home at the time of the fire. A person who lives nearby says that person’s car was not in the driveway.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but one neighbor describes being awoken by a thump that he thought was an explosion.
“I started to get up and then I heard the woman next door scream,” he told WNEW. “I know it was her voice. I heard her scream once and then I heard her scream a second time. By the time I got around my bed to the window… the entire house was engulfed in flame.”
A Fairfax County Fire Department spokesperson confirms two dogs and two cats also perished in the blaze.
The home is “virtually unrecognizable” according to WNEW reporter Kevin Patrick.
The identities of the victims are being withheld until next of kin is notified.