Arson blamed for Merrifield house fire

Merrifield house fireFour youngsters are suspected of setting a fire that damaged a house in Merrifield Sunday evening.

Fairfax County fire investigators sat the four were seen playing in the empty house in the 2800 block of Hyson Lane and then running from the single-story building.

Firefighters confined the blaze to the living room, where they say it was set.  No one was hurt. Damage is estimated at around $128,000.



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Ed Tobias brings more than four decades of reporting and news management experience to his work at FairfaxNews. Tobias managed news coverage for Associated Press Radio for over twenty years.  This included coverage of the 9/11 attacks, the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, the death of Princess Diana, the Challenger and Columbia shuttle disasters and national election primaries, conventions and campaigns.  He was part of the team that built AP’s on-line video operation. Prior to joining AP, Tobias was News Director at all-news WTOP in Washington, D.C. He has won two Ohio State Awards for his reporting and producing and he led coverage that won an Edward R. Murrow Award.