Virginia mansion owned by United Arab Emirates Embassy mysteriously goes up in flames

On Saturday, February 18th a mysterious fire destroyed a Virginia mansion that was owned by the Embassy of The United Arab Emirates.

The property valued at $2.7 million dollars sits in the heart of “Spookland” McClean, Virginia. As a matter of fact, the estate was only one mile away from CIA headquarters.

According to reports, the blaze took about 12 hours to put out. Paul Ruwe, a deputy chief with Fairfax County Fire and Rescue told the Washington Post that firetrucks arrived at the neighborhood off Georgetown Pike about eight minutes after receiving a 911 call at 7:58 a.m. A man in the home and a neighbor who did not want to be named said it seemed to take at least 30 minutes for firefighters to spray any water on the house. The closest hydrant, which is the only one in the neighborhood, is up a hill and around a bend. Ruwe, however, says a 30-minute delay due to a distant hydrant “is way outside the realm of possibility.”

While attempting to extinguish the flames, one Fire Fighter radioed that “it sounds like propane let loose in the house.” The explosion caused walls and floors to collapse ultimately forcing Fire Fighters out.

In the end, the fire demolished the five-bedroom, six bathroom house. Thankfully six people and two dogs were able to escape unharmed. I do feel that the circumstances surrounding the fire are little suspicious. I guess we will have to wait and see what the official report says.

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