House Fire Displaces Federal Judge, Family

Cause under investigation

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    Firefighters at the scene of a house fire at the home of federal Judge Liam O'Grady in McLean, Monday, Dec. 5, 2011.

    Fairfax County fire investigators are trying to figure out what sparked a fire at a federal judge’s house in McLean, Va.

    It happened at the home of U.S. District Judge Liam O'Grady about 7:30 p.m. Monday. He and his family were not hurt.

    Firefighters said when they arrived at the house on Massachusetts Avenue, flames were coming from the front and sides of the three-story home. About 50 to 60 firefighters put out the fire in about 15 minutes.

    A teen was home at the time. Smoke alarms alerted him of the fire, firefighters said.

    U.S. marshals also responded because it was a federal judge's home.

    Damage is estimated at $300,000. Two adults, two juveniles and two dogs were displaced.

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