One dead in house fire near Telegraph Road

Firefighters battle the blaze on Elmwood Drive on Monday night. (Fairfax Fire and Rescue image)

One person was found dead after a house fire Monday night in the Burgundy Village neighborhood near Telegraph Road.

Fairfax Fire and Rescue said five people, including one firefighter, were taken to the hospital with injuries that were considered non-life-threatening after the blaze in the 3400 block of Elmwood Drive (see map). Nine people who lived in the house have been displaced, according to the fire department.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, the fire department said Tuesday afternoon.

There were five people in the home at the time of the fire. One occupant, who was in an upstairs bedroom, alerted the others to the fire. However only four of the occupants were able to evacuate.

Firefighters arrived at the two-story house after 9 p.m. Images from the scene showed flames escaping from the home’s roof. There was substantial damage to the front and side of the home as well.

Scanner reports indicate a second alarm was called in, and units from the City of Alexandria were among those who assisted. The deceased person was found during a search of the house after the fire was put out, the Alexandria Fire Fighters, Inc. Local 2141 said on Twitter.

The home did have working smoke alarms and they did activate after the fire had already been discovered, according to Fairfax Fire and Rescue.

An autopsy is being conducted on the deceased victim to determine their identity and cause of death, the fire department said.

The property is considered a total loss, and the fire department estimated $315,312 in damages.

This story was updated Tuesday afternoon with additional information from the fire department.