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House Fire in Alcova Heights

by ARLnow.com — May 20, 2011 at 10:53 am 2,803 13 Comments

(Updated at 12:20 p.m.) The basement of a home in Alcova Heights caught fire this morning.

Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the smoky blaze, which broke out just before 11:00 a.m. on the 3700 block of 8th Street S.

Police shut down roads in the area while firefighters from Arlington, Bailey’s Crossroads, Fairfax County and Fort Myer helped to put out the fire.

A cat was rescued from the blaze and brought to an ambulance, where it was eventually picked up by an animal control officer.

  • Dude Where’s My Car

    The cat… in the blanket…

    I MUST. NOT. CRY. You cannot make me cry!

    • Not4Me

      Wrong…just wrong. lol

  • charlie

    that cat in the blanket picture renewed my faith in humanity.

  • Skeptical

    Hope he’s OK. (I think orange cats are all male.)

    • Dewey

      Not true, we have two female orange cats.

      • loocy

        Orange color is x-linked, so males only need one copy of the orange gene but females need two. Consequently, there are lots more orange males than orange females. Females with just one orange gene are calico or tortoise.

        • Dan

          The cat in the picture is female, is named Emily, and is doing great a week later. She misses her playmate, Superdog, who perished in the fire.

          • Tabby

            Awww. Poor Superdog. RIP.

  • Arlingtron

    Excellent photo with the cat. Lots of photos with firefighters and apparatus but why none of the actual house that caught on fire? Can see parts of the house in the background of the firefighters working.

    • Lots of trees blocking the view and nothing much to see anyhow. The fire was in the basement.

  • Neighbor

    Tragic fire. What’s not mentioned is that the family dog was in the basement and did not survive. Cat was on the second floor and fire did not reach, hence surviving.

    • loocy

      Now you will make me cry 🙁 . Are the people all okay? Was everyone out at the time of the fire?

      • Dan

        No humans were home – just dog, cat, & hermitcrab (who also survived).

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