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Two-Alarm Fire Destroys Fairfax Townhouse

No one was home when the fire started.

A two-alarm fire that destroyed a townhouse Thursday off of Roberts Road in Fairfax has sent one Fairfax County firefighter to the hospital with minor burns.

At around 1:30 p.m., Fairfax County Fire and Rescue were called to the 5400 block of Cheshire Meadows Way in Fairfax, and found the front and back of a townhouse engulfed in flames. Firefighters had the fire under control within 10 minutes.

"No one was home at the time of the incident," said Capt. William Moreland of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.

The fire appears to have started in the basement and investigators are on the scene to determine the cause. It is not clear how many people were displaced because of the blaze, or if neighboring homes were damaged.

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