Fatal Falls Church Fire Engulfs Home

10 pets killed in fire

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.

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.

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