Thanks to the quick action of their neighbors, a famly of four survived a fire at their home Wednesday night in Burke, although two sons were sent to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.
Firefighters from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue responded to the two-alarm fire on Manet Road, off of Burke Lake Road between Fairfax County Parkway and Lee Chapel Road, after neighbors called 911, according to a spokesman from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue.
The night-before-Thanksgiving fire started in the garage of the home and spread to a second floor, he said.
"We got a call at about 9:35 this evening," he said. Firefighters arrived on the scene within less than five minutes to see heavy fire engulfing the garage. The fire spread and was shooting through the roof of the two-story single family home, he said.
In addition to calling the fire department, the family's neighbors also assisted in making rescues, the county spokesman said. The family, a mother, father and their two reportedly adult-age sons, were somewhat disoriented from smoke inhalation, he noted. The parents were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and the two sons were sent to the Burn Center at MedStar Washington Hospital Center for smoke inhalation, he said.
Neighbors held one of the sons back from trying to re-enter the home and also took action, reaching inside to grab the younger son who was disoriented from the smoke, the spokesman said. He estimated that the sons are in their 20s.
A cat and dog were also rescued from the home.
The home's damage is estimated at more than $100,000.
Firefighters and investigators are investigating the cause of the fire.