Fireplace ashes, left on a balcony next to combustibles, are listed as the cause of a two-alarm garden apartment fire in Herndon early Monday morning.
The first Fire units to arrive saw fire on a third floor balcony. They used hoses from the ground to extinguish most of the flames but the blaze had extended into the attack. Moving a hose up a stairwell allowed them to douse that.
The fire did $40,000 damage to the building in the 2500 block of Farmcrest Drive. Two people were displaced and one was hurt.