Historic Home Burns

Historic Home Burns

A two story wooden house constructed in 1858 sustained more than $500,000 worth of damage in a Tuesday morning fire attributed to a faulty electrical device.

Units of the Alexandria Fire Department, responded to an 11:34 a.m. alarm at 504 North Quaker Lane, and found heavy flames coming from the southwestern corner of the structure. The resident fled the home with her pet dog.

"There were a lot of electrical devices in the area of the home where the fire started. But, the investigation has not determined which actually caused the fire," said Jane Malik, public information officer for Alexandria Fire Department. "It has been determined the cause was accidental."

The resident credits a working smoke detector with alerting her to the blaze and allowing her to get out safely with her pet. There were no reported injuries. Residents of the home are listed as Lisa and Dagobert Soergel.

Originally built as slave quarters on an adjacent land parcel, the residence was moved to its present location in 1929, according to the fire department.