Erica Jones

Woman Seriously Injured in Reston Townhome Fire

A woman who was seriously injured in a fire Friday morning was also the victim of a vehicle vandalism.

By the time the sun rose, only the burned out shell of the St. Trinians Court townhome remained. Fire officials say the woman got herself out of immediate danger, but had to be flown to an area burn unit. Her current condition is not known. 

David Norris said he called 911 after his partner heard the woman screaming for help.

"He woke up, heard her hollering for help," Norris said. 

She was already in the back of the home when emergency crews arrived.

"The two police officers that got here first got her away from the building," Norris said. 

The woman was eventually flown to the burn unit at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Her current condition is not known. 

The victim's vehicle was vandalized earlier. A window on the driver's side was shattered, and it appears something was thrown through the window. 

"We're unsure at this point if it's connected to the fire in any way. Our investigators are looking into that," said Deputy Fire Chief Chuck Ryan.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Fire officials say the home's age helped the fire from spreading. 

"These older masonry townhomes with masonry fire walls between them do a good job of containing fire spread," Ryan said. 

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