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Combustibles too close to heat cause Va. townhouse fire


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Combustibles located too close to a heat source caused an Alexandria townhouse fire Saturday afternoon, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue said.

The townhouse fire happened at the home located at 8690 Walutes Circle around 4:40 p.m., officials said. When crews got to the scene smoke was coming from the first floor. Crews were able to quickly put out the fire. One person was at home when the fire started and was able to get out unharmed.

Red Cross is helping the three people who were displaced in the fire, officials said.

Damage costs are estimated at $93,750.

The investigation shows that the fire was accidental and was caused by combustibles that were too close to a heat source.

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Victim in hospital after Alexandria felonious assault


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- A victim is in the hospital after a felonious assault that happened Saturday night in Alexandria, police said.

The assault happened in the 1000 block of 1st Street. The victim was taken to the hospital.

Police say the victim suffered several non-life threatening gunshot wounds to the lower body.

Residents should expect activity in the area, Alexandria police said.

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Lightning strike hits roof causes Alexandria house fire


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- An Alexandria house caught on fire after it was struck by lighting Tuesday evening, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue said.

The fire started around 6:25 p.m. at the house located at 4300 Upland Drive, according to officials.

When crews got to the scene fire was coming from the roof of the two-story home, officials said. Firefighters were able to quickly put out the fire.

Residents were at home when the fire started, but were able to get out unharmed. One of the residents reported the fire before the alarms went off.

Three people have been displaced and declined help from Red Cross.

Damages are estimated at $70,000.

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Water main break closes one lane WB on King St


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- One westbound lane of King Street is still closed Monday from 30th Street South to Park Center Drive due to an eight-inch water main break.

Officials say the break occurred between 30th and Park Center on King. At this time, the cause of the break in unknown, but officials say it was likely due to age.

17-year-old shot in Alexandria


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- A 17-year-old male suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound Friday in Alexandria, Va., police said.

The shooting occurred in the 1200 block of North Quaker Lane around 9:50 p.m. Police say officers responded to an apartment complex for a report of a shooting.

Once officers arrived, police say they located a 17-year-old victim suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact Detective Sean Casey at 703-746-6853.

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Person assaulted near Episcopal High School


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- A person was shot Friday evening near Episcopal High School in Alexandria.

According to Alexandria police, the shooting happened in the 1200 block of Quaker Lane. The victim was taken to the hospital with a non-life threatening injury to the upper body.

Police have not released any other details at this time.

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Witness in Charles Severance case testifies at hearing

Witness in Charles Severance case testifies at hearing


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- A witness to one of three murders gave an emotional testimony in the Charles Severance case Thursday. The murders happened in Alexandria over a ten-year period, but it was moved to Fairfax. The hearing focused on the final murder, that of Ruthanne Lodato in February of 2014.

The witness was the caretaker of Lodato's elderly mother. In court Thursday, she broke down and sobbed recalling Lodato's murder. She also said she saw the man with the gun, felt a terrible pain, fell to the floor and started screaming.

"The family is deeply indebted to her...she was heroic and courageous," said John Kelly, family friend of the Lodatos.

Jeanette Dorcas Franco gave police the sketch of the gunman who killed Lodato. Police say he knocked on Lodato's door, and shot her, and then wounded Franco.