Del Ray fire causes $1.4M in property loss

Del Ray fire causes $1.4M in property loss
Firefighters respond to a three-alarm fire at a two-story Del Ray duplex. (Photo/Richard England)

By Olivia Anderson |

A three-alarm fire that occurred at a Del Ray duplex on Nov. 19 caused $1.4M in property loss, according to a news release.

The fire, which tore through the two-story duplex in the 100 block of East Del Ray Avenue, resulted in no injuries to the two families impacted, but both families were displaced as a result. In response to the incident, the Del Ray Citizens Association set up a GoFundMe page, which raised $38,490.

The Alexandria Fire Department Fire Marshal’s Office determined through an origin and cause investigation that the fire was accidental and originated on the first floor of one of the two units. The exact source of ignition is unknown but likely attributed to an overloaded electrical outlet where several appliances were connected, according to the release.

No residents or first responders were injured during the evacuation process. The case remains open, pending investigation with the property owner’s insurance companies.

The Fire Marshal’s Office condemned the duplex and notified the Office of Code Administration, according to the release.