Child Killed in Fairfax County House Fire

A young boy was killed and four adults were injured in a house fire in Fairfax County, Virginia, according to authorities.

Fire crews were called to the 8100 block of Arcade Street in Lorton around 5:15 p.m. Tuesday for reports of a garage fire. When crews arrived, they discovered fire in the garage and heavy smoke throughout the house.

Battalion Chief Will Bailey said the crews tried to aggressively attack the fire through the house but were pushed back. After putting out the blaze, they did a search and discovered the body of a young boy inside the home. He said they also discovered the bodies of two pets.

Ofc. Megan Hawkins, with the Fairfax County Police Department, said four adults, three men and one woman, were transported from the scene with non-life-threatening injuries. Two other pets were rescued.

Bailey said two neighbors, one who was a retired firefighter and the other was an off-duty firefighter, tried to go inside the house to make a rescue. They were pushed back by smoke.

Hawkins said homicide detectives, crime scene detectives and fire investigators are working to determine a cause for the fire. The victims have not been identified.

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