Two people were injured in an early-morning townhouse fire in Dumfries caused by faulty wiring on an artificial Christmas tree.

Fire crews were called to the 2800 block of Banks Court at 1:32 a.m. Tuesday and arrived to find the town house "well involved in fire," Prince William County fire and rescue said in a news release.

The residents woke to the smell of smoke and safely evacuated as the fire rapidly rapidly intensified. The two residents, both adults, suffered non-life threatening injuries and were treated at local medical facilities, fire officials said.

They are receiving temporary assistance from the American Red Cross.

The townhouse was declared a total loss. The Fire Marshal’s Office concluded the fire was accidental caused by the wiring on an artificial Christmas tree.


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