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Frying Pan townhouse fire sparked by malfunctioning battery pack

A malfunctioning battery pack caused a townhouse fire in Frying Pan on Saturday (via Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department)

A malfunctioning battery pack has been ruled as the cause of a townhouse fire in the Frying Pan area of Fairfax County.

Fire officials say that the fire, which happened on Saturday (June 18) around 9:30 a.m., started in the third-floor bedroom of the townhouse on the 13000 block of Rose Petal Circle. A charging lithium-ion battery pack was to blame.

“No occupants were home at the time of the fire,” the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department said in an update released yesterday (Wednesday). “The fire was discovered by neighbors who observed fire coming from the third-floor window. 9-1-1 was called. Smoke alarms were present and activated, according to witness statements.”

Two dogs were rescued from the home. No injuries were reported.

The fire displaced two residents and caused roughly $93,750 in damages. Red Cross services were offered and declined.

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