UPDATED INFORMATION FROM PIO ABOUT RESCUES:
A woman and two children are dead after fire broke out at a Lorton, Virginia townhouse complex on Hagel Circle around 8:30 this morning.
At 2:30 pm Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department spokesman Dan Schmidt says that firefighters did not rescue four people via ladder from the second floor of the burning townhome as the department originally reported. Three children were lowered from a window to bystanders by an adult male who then escaped. All four are now at the Medstar Burn Unit at the Washington Hospital Center. Schmidt says their conditions are now not considered to be life-threatening.
According to Schmidt, those brought down by ladder by firefighters were the victims who died in the fire.
Schmidt says there were heavy fire conditions on Side A on both floors when firefighters arrived.
Earlier from WUSA9.com (more to follow):
Firefighters are battling a two-alarm blaze in a Lorton town house that has already claimed three lives, including two children, this Wednesday morning.
Captain Willie Bailey, spokesperson for the Fairfax County Fire Department, confirms one adult and two children have been found dead inside the home located at 9639 Hagel Circle.
Bailey says four more burn victims, three children and an adult, have been flown to Washington Hospital Center.
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