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‘Virginia Lottery will present the $1 million prize to a Prince William County couple’

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Ever since the January 1 Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle drawing, the million-dollar question in Northern Virginia has been: Who bought that winning ticket at a 7-Eleven in Manassas?

On Friday afternoon, that question will be answered.

The Virginia Lottery will present the $1 million prize to a Prince William County couple.  They will receive the oversized check and be available for interviews. We hope to see you there.

> What: Virginia Lottery $1 million winner

> When: Friday, January 6, 2:00 p.m.

> Where: Virginia Lottery Northern Virginia Customer Service Center, 14550 Potomac Mills Road, Woodbridge

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‘Kaine will visit Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center…Greater Prince William Community Health Center…about the negative impact a repeal of the ACA…’

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Tomorrow, January 6, 2017, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine will make stops in Northern Virginia to discuss his efforts to prevent a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and strip health care away from tens of millions of Americans. Today, Kaine introduced an amendment to stop Republican efforts to fast-track a repeal and led a group of 13 moderate Democrats in a letter encouraging Republican Congressional leadership to discuss meaningful improvements, citing the bipartisan reforms he and his colleagues have supported in the past.

Kaine will visit Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center and Greater Prince William Community Health Center in Woodbridge. He will hear directly from health care professionals about the negative impact a repeal of the ACA without a replacement would have on local health care providers. (more…)

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School closings and delays for Thursday evening Jan. 5, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017

Check our Schools and Local Governments Twitter lists below for the most up-to-date closings posted by the respective school division or government agency.

For the open status of the Federal Government, click “OPM website” below.

Government closings and delays

Federal Government Operating Status

(OPM website)

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‘Grant from Dominion helps the PWAFC extend much-needed health care services to the most vulnerable members of the community’

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The Prince William Area Free Clinic (PWAFC) in Woodbridge, Va., was the recipient of a $5,000 grant awarded recently by the Dominion Foundation, the charitable arm of Dominion Resources. Funds will support the organization’s ongoing initiatives to provide free access to health care for uninsured patients.

A primary care provider, the PWAFC serves over 2,600 low-income residents of Prince William County and Manassas. The nonprofit offers a diverse array of medical services through partnerships with local private practices as well as with the Sentara Healthcare and Novant UVA systems, including laboratory and radiologic studies, patient education, specialty visits and referrals to partnering medical organizations and medication case management.

The grant from Dominion helps the PWAFC extend much-needed health care services to the most vulnerable members of the community.

In the fourth quarter of 2016, the Dominion Foundation awarded $1 million through a competitive grant process to 140 nonprofit organizations in 13 states to address critical community needs, with special emphasis on programs that provide shelter, access to health care and food security in areas served by Dominion. More than 300 applications were considered with selections made based on an organization’s demonstrated ability to serve communities, meet basic human needs and prevent future need.

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‘Detectives from the Gang Unit…able to determine that the suspects were connected to the criminal street gang “South Side”’

Aviles, Jonathan
Roldan, Steven
Martinez, Diego

Pictured in the slider: Aviles, Roldan, Martinez

From police: 

Aggravated Malicious Wounding – On January 4 at 3:41PM, officers responded to the area of Rixlew Ln and Ashton Ave in Manassas (20109) to investigate a shooting. When officers arrived on scene, they located two victims, a 17-year-old male juvenile of Manassas and a 16-year-old male juvenile of Woodbridge, by a wooded area near the above location.

One of the victims sustained a gunshot wound to the upper body while the other victim sustained a minor, non-gunshot related injury to his head. Both victims were transported to area hospitals for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The investigation revealed that the victims were walking through a wooded path in the above area when they were approached by two men, later identified as Jonathan Leonel AVILES and a 17-year-old male juvenile of Manassas. During the encounter, the AVILES suspect brandished a handgun and struck both victims. At one point, the 16-year-old victim was shot in the upper body.

After the incident, the suspects fled in the vehicle occupied by two other men, identified as Steven Joseph ROLDAN and Diego MARTINEZ. Detectives from the Gang Unit were able to determine that the suspects were connected to the criminal street gang “South Side”. The vehicle involved in the shooting was located by officers in the 7900 block of Community Dr later that evening where the suspects were also detained without incident. The suspects and victims were known to one another and the incident was not random. Following the investigation, the below individuals were arrested.

                Arrested on January 4:

                Jonathan Joseph AVILES, 20, of 7994 Community Dr in Manassas

Charged with 1 count of aggravated malicious wounding, 1 count of malicious wounding, 2 counts of gang participation, and 1 count of use of a firearm in commission of a felony

 

                Steven Joseph ROLDAN, 18, of 8659 Burton Parrish Ct in Manassas

Charged with 1 count of conspiracy to commit malicious wounding and 1 count of conspiracy to commit gang participation

 

                Diego MARTINEZ, 18, of 9374 Hidden Spring Dr in Manassas

Charged with 1 count of conspiracy to commit malicious wounding and 1 count of conspiracy to commit gang participation Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

 

                A 17-year-old male juvenile of Manassas

Charged with 1 count of aggravated malicious wounding, 1 count of malicious wounding and 2 counts of gang participation

Court Date: Pending | Status: Held at the Juvenile Detention Center

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‘The homeowners…were drying clothes, noticed the dryer emitting smoke’

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On Tuesday, January 3rd at 2:30 p.m., fire and rescue crews were dispatched to a structure fire in a two-story single family home located in the 14300 block of Lindendale Road in Dale City.

Upon arrival firefighters observed smoke showing from the home. As fire and rescue crews made entry, they discovered a dryer on fire that extended into some cabinets located in the kitchen. Firefighters initiated suppression and extinguished the fire.

No injuries were reported.

The occupants, two adults and two children, displaced by the fire, were home at the time of the fire when the homeowners, who were drying clothes, noticed the dryer emitting smoke and catching fire.

According to the Fire Marshal’s Office, preliminary damages are estimated at $20,000.

A Building Inspector was on scene and has posted the home unsafe.

The fire was an appliance fire and has been determined as accidental.

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‘It’s no accident that the landfill has become a haven for these birds’

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The Christmas Bird Count is the oldest and largest citizen science event, which is when the general public supports the work of professional scientists by collecting data about the natural world. Citizen science is a great way for families to learn and connect to the environment in their own backyards.

This years’ count took place on December 26th.  After the survey, participants gathered for a celebratory meal at the Merrimac Farm Stone House. Information on the nearly 100 species of birds (including the Tufted Titmouse, the Carolina Chickadee, and the Eastern Bluebird) observed annually can be found on the Prince William Conservation Alliance website.

Every year participants are shocked to find one of the most majestic sightings at a surprising location. The Prince William County Landfill has the largest number of bald eagle sightings for the local bird count.  

It’s no accident that the landfill has become a haven for these birds. The Prince William Solid Waste Division is building unique environmental sustainability programs. The landfill is becoming the site of an Eco Park Complex, which will encompass the Outdoor Discovery Trails, as well as protected wetlands and streams. Future anticipated projects include a net-zero energy education center that will empower students to solve today’s environmental challenges through hands-on activities and STEM investigations.


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Prince William County has established itself as an important part of the economic landscape of the Greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area and Northern Virginia.  The County’s contributions to the Northern Virginia economy has resulted in the region singularly accounting for roughly 45 percent of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s total economic activity and 37 percent of all employment, as recently reported in the 2016 State of the Commonwealth Report.  

As Virginia’s second-largest and fourth-fastest growing County, Prince William County has grown consistently and continues to expand and diversify.  Last year, Site Selection, cited one of Prince William County’s Department of Economic Development projects as “…the top project in capital investment [in Virginia] for 2016, to date, is a $350 million Iron Mountain data center going into Manassas.”  SmartAssets also named Prince William County among the state’s top 5 investment locations.

In the last five calendar years [2011-2015], projects closed by the Prince William County Department of Economic Development alone intend to invest a record $2.7 billion and to create 2,900 jobs.  2015 was the fifth year in the Department’s history that it logged over half of a billion dollars in capital investment, with $660 million and more than 600 new jobs. 

“Twenty years ago Prince William County recognized the importance of Economic Development and dedicated a new Department to work on defining a roadmap to its future,” said Corey A. Stewart, Chairman, Prince William Board of County Supervisors. “Today, we are realizing the benefit of laying the foundation for a prosperous economy and continue in our dedication to raise the bar higher for our business community and citizens by delivering on increased capital investment and high-paying, highly-skilled jobs.”

“By concentrating in life sciences and information technology we are creating growth opportunities that are opening up new markets and new types of business opportunities, influencing other technology sectors and the region, as a whole,” said Jeff Kaczmarek, Executive Director, Department of Economic Development, Prince William County.  “The County’s growth is owed in part to its strategic location and excellent competitive edge, such as a ready supply of highly-educated young professionals, affordable and available land and competitive labor costs, all of which result in a strong value proposition.”

Throughout its growth, Prince William County has distinguished itself as a premier business destination, that has made significant strides in its new role as a thriving science and technology hub.  There has also been a notable increase in employment opportunities within Prince William County.  As of 2015, the County provided job opportunities for over 122,000 persons.  In fact, over the period 2010-2015, job growth in Prince William County convincingly outpaced that of the Washington D.C. metropolitan area at 18% compared to 6%; as well as that of the state of Virginia which also saw a 6% increase.  Similarly, the number of businesses in Prince William County increased by 20% over the same period compared to 11% growth in the Washington D.C. metro area and 12% growth for all of Virginia. 

By all indications, Prince William County’s ability to generate job opportunities within its boundaries is expected to continue into the foreseeable future, based on the latest round of estimates released by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.  According to those projections, job growth in Prince William County is expected to outpace that of any of the other observed localities in the metro area.  Over the 30-year period, 2015-2045, the County is expected to add an additional 114,000 jobs – an almost 80% increase. 

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‘Two adults and two children, displaced by the fire’

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On Tuesday, January 3rd at 2:30 p.m., fire and rescue crews were dispatched to a structure fire in a two-story single family home located in the 14300 block of Lindendale Road in Dale City.

Upon arrival firefighters observed smoke showing from the home. As fire and rescue crews made entry, they discovered a dryer on fire that extended into some cabinets located in the kitchen. Firefighters initiated suppression and extinguished the fire.

No injuries were reported.

The occupants, two adults and two children, displaced by the fire, were home at the time of the fire when the homeowners, who were drying clothes, noticed the dryer emitting smoke and catching fire.

According to the Fire Marshal’s Office, preliminary damages are estimated at $20,000.

A Building Inspector was on scene and has posted the home unsafe.

The fire was an appliance fire and has been determined as accidental.

Obituary
‘Details for the visitation, funeral and burial: Senator Charles J. Colgan’

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Details for the visitation, funeral and burial : Senator Charles J. Colgan

Visitation: 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Monday, January 9 at All Saints Catholic Church, 9300 Stonewall Road, Manassas

Funeral: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 10 at All Saints Catholic Church, 9300 Stonewall Road, Manassas

Burial: following the services at Stonewall Memory Gardens, 12004 Lee Hwy., Manassas, VA 20109 

Additional details available at Pierce Funeral Home, Inc. – www.piercefh.com  

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‘One victim is suffering from a gunshot wound and is being flown to a medical facility’

From police: 

*INCIDENT: Shooting | Manassas;
Officers are investigating a shooting which occurred in the 8800 block of Rixlew Lane. One victim is suffering from a gunshot wound and is being flown to a medical facility. Nearby schools have been advised as a precaution. The investigation is continuing. More information will be released when available.

 

Update

 

Update 

Shooting Investigation – On January 4 at 3:41PM, officers responded to the area of Rixlew Ln and Ashton Ave in Manassas (20109) to investigate a shooting. Officers arrived on scene and located two male victims by a wooded area near the above location. One of the victims sustained a gunshot wound while the other victim sustained a minor, non-gunshot related injury. Both victims were transported to area hospitals for treatment. Police have secured the area and nearby schools were notified as a precaution only. At this time, this incident does not appear to be random and there’s no public threat. The investigation continues.

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‘When she got there turns out baby Kenzi was ready, and birthed at 4:42 am on New Years Day’

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Baby Kenzi was originally due on Jan 17 and his date was pushed up a couple times. While home on New Years Eve, mom randomly begin to get contractions every 3 mins. Mom was unsure then contacted her mother, her mother told her she needs to go to the hospital. Mom still did not think she was ready, but went anyway. When she got there turns out baby Kenzi was ready, and birthed at 4:42 am on New Years Day. Baby was the first baby born in the 2017 at Sentara Hospital in Woodbridge, Va. Weighing in at 9.47 ounces with a length of 20 inches.

Baby: Kenzi Cordera Foote-Davis

1/1/2017, 4:42 am, 9 lbs. 4.7 oz., 20 inches (male)

Mother: Latosha L. Foote

Father: Steven C. Davis

Brother: Kamare C. Foote-Davis (5 yo)

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‘We have the first 2017 baby born at Novant Health UVA Health System Haymarket Medical Center’

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Novant Health UVA Health System Haymarket Medical Center’s first baby of 2017 is a boy, Colt Alan Hopkins born at 8:23 p.m. on January 3 delivered by Eugene Louie-Ng, MD and weighing in at 8 lbs. 6 ounces and 20 inches long. Parents are Heather and Alan Hopkins of Culpeper, Va. Older brother Tyler age two will welcome him at home.

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‘Snow…spread into the area Thursday afternoon…greater coverage Thursday evening’

National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington, D.C. office forecasters discussion

SHORT TERM /THURSDAY THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT/…
Skies cloud up quickly on Thursday as a jet streak crosses the area. Guidance still suggesting that there will be enough upper diffluence to induce some associated precipitation. Thermally, this will be cold enough for snow. While there is basic agreement in this solution, there are some fine-scale detail adjustments/differences.

Snow is looking to spread into the area Thursday afternoon with greater coverage Thursday evening. This cycle suggests that the focus would be more toward the Potomac Highlands (a little further north). Then, as with the previous guidance cycle, there is a hint that there may be a shadow in the precipitation swath in the lee of the Appalachians, then redevelop offshore as cyclogenesis initiates toward Friday morning. The latest ECMWF really jumps on that scenario, with drastically lower PoPs that previous cycles.

Will maintain continuity from previous forecasts, keeping likely PoPs in the grids. Was willing to increase mountains to 80% as regardless of solution, some precip would bump into the ridgeline. Given these subtleties, the fast forward speed, and the low QPF, accumulation forecasts are challenging. Went with a solution that was close to not just WPC, but also the mean GEFS output…which approaches an inch (more in the Highlands near the nose of the jet streak). It remains to be seen whether any of this will affect a rush hour. Factors to monitor. Will maintain current course with the HWO.

Friday should mostly be dry, but cold, with the deformation band from cyclogenesis to the east and upslope to the west.

Update 

With snow anticipated to affect the Fredericksburg area on Thursday into Friday morning, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are applying anti-icing solution to high-volume roads ahead of the storm, including on Interstate 95.

Drivers are encouraged to pay close attention to news and weather reports, and prepare to adjust travel plans if road conditions become hazardous.

Before starting a trip, motorists are encouraged to check 511Virginia for the latest road conditions in their area.  

Download the free mobile 511 app for Apple and Android devices to stay connected, or visit www.511Virginia.org. Motorists also can reach 511Virginia by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia.

Anti-icing Treatment

Today, VDOT crews applied anti-icing solution to primary roads and secondary roads that carry heavy traffic across the Fredericksburg region.

Beginning at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow, crews will apply anti-icing solution to I-95. Trucks applying salt brine to the interstate travel together at approximately 35 mph. One truck travels in each of I-95’s three general purpose lanes, forming a straight line across the interstate.

Motorists should stay alert for this slow-moving mobile operation. Slower travel speeds are required to spray the salt brine onto the interstate with precision, and to ensure an adequate amount is absorbed in the pavement.

Virginia State Police will accompany the anti-icing equipment to assist with traffic control.

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Anderson ‘alerted to a problem with “lack of lighting” at the Chinn Center bus stop’

The text of an email from Occoquan District Supervisor Ruth Anderson to Prince William County Public Works Director Thomas Brunn:

“A few weeks ago, I was alerted to a problem with “lack of lighting” at the Chinn Center bus stop shelter……….both in early mornings and after dark in the evenings.  I did meet with Perrin from PRTC after dark one evening to confirm that it is a problem.  I do know from a previous experience that there are some folks who “hang out” in this area…so, good lighting is needed.  

 I checked with PRTC hoping they could add some light inside the shelter. Could someone assess if it is possible to change the direction of the light that is already on the Aquatic Center building?  If it is possible…it might solve the problem.  If not……….could Public Works work with PRTC to see if one of the other options is workable? I’m not certain how the transfer of budget money works for something like this…or, who would take the lead.”  

A response to Anderson from (now retired) parks and recreation director Debbie Andrew:

“The stop is on park property, right out in front of the Chinn Center.  I will ask staff to make a recommendation for resolving this.  It might be as easy as re aiming the lights that are already there.  I am going to forward this to Gary  Rzepecki for resolution.”  

Update

From Anderson: 

The problem of poor lighting at the Chinn Aquatics Center PRTC Bus Shelter was quickly resolved with a joint effort by Parks and Recreation, Public Works and PRTC working together.  Parks and Rec installed a new light that shines directly into the Bus Shelter (photos attached). The problem came up initially at one of our Old Bridge Rd. Congestion Think Tank meetings. Although it was not an issue directly related to solving congestion…we acted on it because for public transit to be “user friendly”, it must be safe all along the routes…including the bus shelters. PRTC came up with recommendations, I sent them to Public Works who in-turn worked with Parks and Rec to install lighting.

 

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5K Runs and walks in Prince William County, Manassas, Manassas Park

Runs and walks in 2017 listed below

We’ve compiled a listing of 5K runs and walks in Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park. This list is a public service and should come in handy when you’re looking for your next marathon. The list will grow as more events are submitted to news@potomaclocal.com. More fine print at the bottom of the post. 

March 

On March 11 at 10 a.m. Look for the Shamrock 5K and 1-mile fun run https://www.facebook.com/GCRShamrockRun/

April 

April 8, 9 a.m. MS Walk beginning and ending at the Harris Pavilion.

Manassas Airport Runway 5K/10K & 1 Mile Fun Run is April 9, at the Manassas Regional Airport – http://rev3tri.com/manassas-runway/

 The JP5K Run/Walk for Options benefits the innovative and inclusive Option Program, providing a rich high school experience for students with intellectual disabilities. This is an excellent race for beginners, competitive runners, and everyone in-between! Start time, 8 a.m. More info: http://www.jpthegreat.org/about-us/the-family-association/jp5k-runwalk/

May

The Holy Family Falcon 5K is on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at Holy Family Catholic School in Dale City. runsignup.com/Race/VA/Woodbridge/HolyFamilyFalcon5K

In Virginia, 1 in 8 people struggles with food insecurity. Join The Good News Community Kitchen and Woodbridge Senior High School JROTC for its inaugural “Fit to Fight Hunger 5K” Saturday, May 27th at 8 a.m. The 5K will take place at Woodbridge Senior High School.
www.tgnck.org

June

The Manassas Color Vibe 5K Run/walk will be on June 10, 2017, beginning and ending at the Boys & Girls Club of Manassas – 9501 Dean Park Lane, Manassas – http://www.thecolorvibe.com/manassas.php

August

The 5th Annual Kids Triathlon 2017 will be on August 12, 2017. Beginning and ending at the Manassas Park Community Center in Manassas Park – 99 Adams Street Manassas Park 20111 https://secure.rec1.com/VA/manassas-park/catalog

October

Prince William Half Marathon, October 1, 2017. Begins and ends at Jiffy Lube Live, traveling through the paved roads of the Manassas National Battlefield. princewilliamhalf.com

Join us for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in the Virginia Tri-Counties! Tri-Counties refers to Fauquier, Prince William, and Stafford counties.  It is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.  We will walk on Saturday, October 21 at the Harris Pavilion (9201 Center Street, Manassas, VA) Website: http://act.alz.org/site/TR?fr_id=10425&pg=entry

Submit your run/walk to our list by emailing news@potomaclocal.com and putting Run / Walk in the subject line the email. Only emailed submissions will be accepted. There is no charge to submit your run/walk event. Please include a link to your event. Links in our post are “no follow” links. Email us if you would like additional paid / SEO promotion for your event. By choosing paid promotion of your event on Potomac Local, you support our mission of providing trusted, local news to the residents of Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park.

 

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‘Two adults and three pets are displaced due to the fire’

On Sunday, January 1st, at 2:06 a.m., fire and rescue units were dispatched to a structure fire in a two-story single family home located in the 13000 block of Kerrydale Road in Woodbridge.

Upon arrival, firefighters observed fire showing from the rear of the home. A request for a second alarm was issued due to reports of people trapped in the structure. As firefighters attacked the fire, the homeowner arrived on scene and confirmed all occupants were safely out of the home except for their pets. During extinguishment, firefighters located and rescued the owner’s three dogs in which one sustained minor injuries.

No additional injuries reported.

According to the Fire Marshal’s Office, preliminary damages are estimated at $200,000.

The Building Inspector was on scene and has posted the home unsafe.

Two adults and three pets are displaced due to the fire.

The fire is currently under investigation by the Fire Marshal’s Office.

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‘A passerby noticed the fire and called 911’ for Haymarket house fire

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On Saturday, December 31st, at 8:37 a.m., fire and rescue crews were dispatched to a structure fire in a two-story single family home located in the 3800 block of Delashmutt Drive in Haymarket.

Upon entry, firefighters observed fire in a second floor bathroom. The fire had extended to the attic and the floor between the kitchen and the bathroom. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire.

No injuries reported.

No one was home at the time of the fire; a passerby noticed the fire and called 911.

According to the Fire Marshal’s Office, preliminary damages are estimated at $25,000.

The fire originated in a second floor bathroom; the cause was electrical and has been determined as accidental.

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