LORTON, VA -- The victim in a Lorton, Va fire has been identified as 5-year-old Stellan Lotuno. Fire officials say the fire was accidentally started by a lighter inside the garage.
The young boy died in a house fire that happened in Lorton, Va. on Tuesday evening, despite efforts made by two off-duty firefighters.
The fire started around 5:15 P.M. in the garage of a home on the 8100 block of Arcade St.
"The fire did push through the door into the home, but it did not make it all the way through the home, but the home was filled with smoke, as well," said Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief Willie Bailey. He added that the smoke forced firefighters to exit the home after they attempted to attack the fire from inside. However, they went back into the home when adults outside said there was still a young boy inside. "They initially tried to go back in again to rescue this individual which ended up being a young child that succumbed to his injuries."
Two adults, one man and one woman, escaped from the home and were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Bailey adds that a retired firefighter and an off-duty firefighter (both from the Fairfax County department) who lived in the neighborhood, tried to fight the fire with a garden hose and rescue the child inside the home despite not having and protective gear.
"These two gentlemen, they tried to do everything they could to try to make a rescue...as firefighters, even though we're retired or off-duty, we'll risk a life to save a life," said Bailey.
Both men were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The cause of the fire and the manner of death of the young boy are under investigation by the Fairfax County Fire Marshal's Office and the Fairfax County Police Department.