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Red Cross Assists Virginia Fire Victims

Red Cross Assists Virginia Fire Victims

September 24, 2010

MANASSAS, Va. – Emergency responders are providing food and shelter to the families displaced by Thursday’s devastating fire in a Manassas neighborhood.

The Red Cross and emergency management officials are administering aid to the 11 residents left homeless after the fire in the Sumner Lake subdivision destroyed three of the $400,000, two-story houses and damaged five others.

Only two people were hurt with minor injuries, one with a small burn.

The fire broke out about 3 p.m. at a home in the 8300 block of Tillett Loop and quickly spread to more homes on the street, reports.

Prince William County spokesman Jason Grant says firefighters from Manassas, Prince William and Fairfax counties brought the blaze under control by 5:15 p.m. Wind was a major factor in spreading the fire, he says.

“It makes you nervous that one can go and set other off,” one neighbor said to WTOP, pointing out that some of the houses are roughly 10 feet apart.

“You don’t realize that until you hear about a fire.”

Grant says officials are still investigating the cause.

Manassas Mayor Harry J. “Hal” Parrish II, a volunteer firefighter, said an early investigation indicates that a barbecue grill on the back deck of one of the houses may have started the fire, according to InsideNova.

WTOP’s Kristi King and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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