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Two-Alarm Fire Displaces Family Wednesday Night in Burke

Neighbors called 911 after seeing fire at home on Manet Road. Family treated for smoke inhalation.

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.

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LJ November 22, 2012 at 06:00 AM
This is my dear friends home. I am so deeply saddened and horrified to see this home I know so well, in this picture and video. These are some of the most caring generous people I have ever met. They have fostered many many children since the late 80's, taking them in and loving them as there own. This will be an extremely hard time for these wonderful people, that I, and so many love very dearly. Although feeling quite blessed everyone made it out ok!! Please keep them in your prayers!
Sa Family November 22, 2012 at 11:52 AM
Lets all come together for this family as a community...can the neighbors living there please post and let us know how we can all help
The Lancaster family November 22, 2012 at 01:11 PM
I didn't know the family but live around the corner. I would love to help if someone would let me know how.
Kathy Phalen Sawyer November 22, 2012 at 01:44 PM
The Fire Chaplain is our church's associate pastor and he, as well as two neighbors that pastor another church, were all on scene with the family last night. It's still too soon to know what to do. We live next door.
Maryann Daimler Clary November 22, 2012 at 02:46 PM
I am a long time family friend and right now what they really need is financial assistance. They are not yet allowed into the home and have nothing but the clothes on their backs. They need clothes, coats and food. Donating a visa gift card or any type of gift card, Safeway etc. would be the most helpful for them as they get things figured out with the insurance company. If you would like to help you can contact me for more information on how to reach them. I am also happy to accept donations and get them to the family at the hotel they are staying in. I am providing only an email here to avoid spam and fraud calls. my email is mrzeke68@gmail.com. If you email me, I will provide my telephone or whatever you need. Please keep the family in your prayers and thanks to all the neighors who helped them last night! They are truly grateful! M. C.
Dale Philpot November 22, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Do they have somewhere to go for Thanksgiving dinner?
Kathy Phalen Sawyer November 22, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Thanks, Dale. They have been put up at an extended-stay hotel and a family brought them a Thanksgiving meal from Wegman's. We are going to be setting up a bank fund, hopefully tomorrow, and will share as information is available.
Dale Philpot November 22, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Ok - thank you! I will keep a watch on the posts here for information.
Shelley November 23, 2012 at 04:01 AM
It breaks my heart to know this has happened to such a kind and loving family. Today our family is extremely thankful they are all safe and together.
Kathy Phalen Sawyer November 23, 2012 at 04:22 AM
Neighbors have started collecting clothing and gift cards and are setting up a bank fund tomorrow. Details will be posted here when available.
Darci Nelson November 23, 2012 at 05:14 AM
What sizes of clothing do you need? I am a close friend of their neighbors, the Bowdens.
Kathy Phalen Sawyer November 23, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Darci, you can reach us at helpmanetroad@gmail.com and I will share info. Thanks so much.
Maryann Daimler Clary November 23, 2012 at 11:40 PM
I saw the family today and they are smiling and trying to move forward. They are not the type to make requests but truly need help. They escaped the fire with only the clothes on their backs. Please consider donating a gift card to Safeway, Giant, Walmart or Khols. They are frugal people only looking to eat and replace necessary items. Mike, the husband and their adult son can wear medium shirts. This is just the beginning for them, they will most likely be out of their home for a year. You can leave donations with Kathy who lives behind them. She can be reached at helpmanetroad@gmail.com They are truly thankful for their neighbors and friends who have helped. Thanks to all.
Kathy Phalen Sawyer November 24, 2012 at 12:05 AM
For now, please do not bring clothing and such until exchanging emails with me as Maryann notes above. We have a very generous neighborhood so we don't want to be overwhelmed. A bank account to handle monetary donations has been set up at Burke & Herbert Bank, 9516 Old Keene Mill Rd., Burke, VA 22015. You can make a notation of "helpmanetroad@gmail.com" or speak with Nancy Hong, the branch manager.
Sheila Cherubin November 28, 2012 at 02:44 PM
I want to thank everyone, particularly our friends and neighbors, who have reached out to us during this difficult time. Everyone has been wonderful. We are in a hotel in the fairfax area but will be moving to a longer term housing in the next week or two. Insurance estimates 9-12 mos before we return home. Thank you also to all who have donated clothing, gift cards and more. We are eternally greatful. If there are others who may want to contribute, please go to helpmanetroad@gmail.com.
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