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Unattended candle sparks condo fire in Woodbridge, injuring 1 and displacing 13 residents

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A condominium fire blamed on an unattended candle injured one person and displaced 13 in Woodbridge Monday afternoon, according to Prince William County fire and rescue officials. 

One person was injured and at least 13 people displaced by a condominium fire in Woodbridge late Monday afternoon that officials said was caused by an unattended candle.

Condo fire in Woodbridge unattended candle

Prince William County firefighters help a resident evacuate from the second story of a Woodbridge condominium on Monday, Jan. 10.

Firefighters were called to the building, located in the 15600 block of Weathervane Terrace, at 4:41 p.m. Monday, Jan. 10. They arrived to find fire and smoke coming from a condo unit in the rear of the building. One occupant had to be evacuated from the second story with a ladder, and one of the occupants in the unit where the fire began was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Matt Smolsky, assistant chief of the Prince William County Fire Department. 

One unit sustained “moderate” damage, but the county building official declared the entire building unsafe to occupy, displacing the occupants of 10 units, Smolsky said in an email.

The Red Cross assisted the displaced residents, who included at least 11 adults and two children, Smolsky said.

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Firefighters respond on Monday afternoon to a fire in a condominium building in the 15600 block of Weathervane Terrace in Woodbridge that displaced 13 residents and sent one person to the hospital for treatment.

The Prince William Fire Marshal’s Office determined the cause of the blaze was an unattended candle.

The county fire and rescue department warns residents that lit candles can be hazardous and should never be left unattended, burned within 3 feet of combustible materials or left where children or pets can knock them over, Smolsky said. 

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