Man dead after Herndon fire, dozens of cats rescued

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Local,Crime,Naomi Jagoda,Fairfax County

A man was found dead after a fire in a home's garage in Herndon, and dozens of cats that lived at the home have been rescued, officials said.

About 11 p.m. Wednesday, firefighters received a call from a woman who reported that her garage was on fire and her husband was inside it. When firefighters arrived at the couple's single-family home, located at 12810 Willow Glen Court, they found a large fire that was primarily in the garage, said Capt. William Moreland of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze in about 10 minutes and then found a body, which officials believe to be that of the caller's husband. One firefighter received a non-life threatening injury, officials said.

The couple bred cats and reportedly had 37 felines in the home. About 25 of the cats had been accounted for Thursday morning, and animal control was still looking to find the others. Emergency workers have not located any dead animals, Moreland said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Fire loss is being estimated at $175,000, officials said.

njagoda@washingtonexaminer.com

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