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UPDATE: Case Closed in "Intentionally Set" Fire at McLean Home of a Federal Judge

No Charges Filed

UPDATE: March 27.The Fairfax County Fire Department has closed its investigation in the fire at the McLean home of a U.S. District Court judge with no charges placed.

The two-alarm fire in a second floor bedroom was "intentionally set," but no charges were filed, Dan Schmidt, a spokesman for the Fairfax County Fire Department, said Tuesday morning.

The  fire occurred the evening of Dec. 5 at the Franklin Park home of U.S. District Court Judge Liam O'Grady.

The Washington Post has reported that Schmidt said the judge’s teenage son was the only one home at the time, but managed to escape without injury after an alarm went off.

UPDATE, Jan. 17, 2012. The fire at the McLean home of a U.S. District Court judge was "intentionally set," according to a spokesman for the Fairfax County Fire Department.

"Investigators determined the fire to be intentionally set," said Dan Schmidt. The investigation is continuing.

The two-alarm fire occurred the evening of Dec. 5 at the Franklin Park home of U.S. District Court Judge Liam O'Grady.

The Fairfax County Fire Department reported that the fire originated in a second floor bedroom of the three-story home.

The Washington Post reported that Schmidt said the judge’s teenage son was the only one home at the time, but managed to escape without injury after an alarm went off.

Firefighters encountered heavy smoke and fire coming from the front, left side, and rear of the second floor of the three-story home upon arrival, the fire department said.

The fire department would release no further details of its investigation.

A visit to the house Tuesday afternoon found that construction has begun on the home.

The family bought the home in 2000. The home is now assessed for $1.4 million, according to county land records.

UPDATE Dec. 6, 2011, 4pm. The smell of smoke still lingered at the home of a federal court judge that was damaged in a two-alarm fire Monday evening.

The house located in the Franklin Park neighborhood of McLean is now boarded up and a large No Trespassing sign was posted on the front door by Fairfax County.

U.S. District Court Judge Liam O'Grady purchased the house in 2000, according to county records. Judge O'Grady could not be reached for comment.

UPDATE 10:40am: The Fairfax County Fire Department reported that the fire originated in a second floor bedroom of the three-story home.

Firefighters encountered heavy smoke and fire coming from the front, left side, and rear of the second floor of the three-story home upon arrival, the fire department said.

The incident commander struck a second alarm, bringing approximately 60 firefighters to the fire scene. Firefighters brought the fire under control in approximately 15 minutes, according to the fire department.

Two adults, two juveniles, and two dogs have been displaced. Smoke alarms provided warning to one of the juveniles who was home when the fire broke out. Red Cross assistance was not necessary. There were no transports for injuries.

Damage is estimated at $300,000.

According to fire investigators, the fire originated in a second floor bedroom. The fire is under investigation.

ORIGINAL STORY: WJLA has reported that a Monday evening fire damaged a McLean home owned by a U.S. District Court judge.

The two-alarm occurred about 7:30 p.m.,  in the 1800 block of Massachusetts Avenue which is located in the Franklin Park neighborhood, WJLA reported.

The home  assessed for $1.5 million is owned by U.S. Federal Judge Liam O'Grady, according to Fairfax County tax records. O'Grady is a judge in the Eastern District Court in Alexandria.

No injuries were reported and the fire was knocked out in 25 minutes, WJLA said.

Those on the scene reported the presence of several U.S. Marshalls.

More details to follow.

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