Car hits pole, pole pulls wires, wires spark house fire in Dunn Loring

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It took a chain of events to spark a series of fires in a house in Dunn Loring early Wednesday morning.

According to Fairfax County fire investigators, it all began when a car hit a utility pole in the 2400 block of Gallows Road a little before 1:00 a.m. The pole collapsed, taking down some utility lines.

One of those lines was yanked away from the power meter outside a two-story, single family home. That caused an electrical arc. The arc energized several locations inside the house, igniting fires in the basement ceiling, under a deck and in several other spots in the house. It also set fire to fluids in the road.

Firefighters were able to quickly douse all of the blazes.

Four people were home at the time of the fire and escaped without injury. Damage is estimated at $10,000.

The driver of the car that started it all, 22-year-old Sean Moynihan, has been charged with DUI.



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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.