(Updated at 3:10 p.m.) Firefighters from Alexandria and Arlington battled a house fire in the North Ridge neighborhood this afternoon.
Dark smoke was seen coming from a home on the 2900 block of Mayer Place around 1:45 p.m. Arriving firefighters reported finding an active fire on the first floor of the split level home, prompting additional units to be dispatched to the scene.
As of 2 p.m. the fire was reported to be under control and firefighters were working to ventilate smoke from the structure.
Initial reports suggest a dog was found deceased inside the home. The family later arrived at the house and could be seen grieving over the dog, which was placed in a stretcher by firefighters.
Engine 203 arriving with smoke showing from a 2 story home in the 2900 Block of Mayer Avenue. Crews have located and extinguished a fire on the first floor. Battalion 212 with the command.
— IAFF Local 2141 (@IAFFLocal2141) November 27, 2019
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