FAIRFAX, Va. - A 35-year-old woman was found dead in a motel room at the Lee High Inn in Fairfax, where firefighters battled a two-alarm fire Thursday morning. The fire was reported at the hotel along the 9800 block of Fairfax Boulevard around 7:30 a.m.
FOX 5's Annie Yu reports that the woman's body was found in the same room where investigators believe the fire started. The victim was identified as Megan Shuman, 35, of Sterling, Va. The medical examiner will determine her exact cause of death.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Aerial images from the scene showed dozens of firefighters on the scene and on the roof of the building. Smoke detectors and staff alerted and safely evacuated other nearby guests. No additional civilian injuries were reported.
Authorities say hotel staff and smoke detectors helped to quickly alert and safely evacuate the other nearby guests. No one else was hurt.
The motel is working to relocate about 25 guests who were displaced by the fire to other properties.
#BREAKING DEADLY FIRE @ Lee High Inn Motel off Fairfax Blvd #Fairfax. Chief O’Neal confirms 1 deceased female found in room where investigators believe fire began. Flames spread quickly to attic. Significant damage. Multiple ppl evacuated. No other injuries. EB shutdown @fox5dc pic.twitter.com/jys5MBNllA— Annie Yu (@AnnieYuFox5) March 15, 2018
Police closed Eastbound Fairfax Boulevard from Rebel Run to Draper Drive during the investigation.