Fatal Falls Church Fire Engulfs Home

10 pets killed in fire

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    Fire takes the lives of a mother and daughter, both hard of hearing. News4's Jackie Bensen reports. (Published Thursday, Jan 24, 2013)

    An early morning fire in Falls Church reportedly left a mother and daughter dead Wednesday.

    The one-alarm fire in the 3100 block of Manor Road began shortly before 4 a.m. The home was fully engulfed when Fairfax County Fire arrived on the scene.

    Raw Video: Fatal Falls Church Fire

    [DC] Raw Video: Fatal Falls Church Fire
    Cell phone video of the Falls Church fire that killed two. (Published Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013)

    At one point, the intense blaze sent flames 50 feet into the air.

    According to relatives, the victims were Laura Snyder-Gardner, who was a math professor at Gallaudet University, and her high school-aged daughter, News4 reported. Both were hard of hearing. Neighbors said they had been renting the home for about two years after moving to the area from Florida.

    There's no word if the home was equipped with fire alarms for people who are deaf and hard of hearing.

    Firefighters brought the blaze under control in about 30 minutes. They discovered the first victim during an initial search and the other during a subsequent search.

    Ten family pets, two dogs and eight cats also died.

    The cause of the fire is under investigation.