Two Alarm fire damages historic Downtown Leesburg building

Authorities say a jewelry store in Leesburg that's been open since 1956 was damaged by fire.
The fire broke out Saturday night in a second-floor apartment in the three-story building that houses Caulkins Jewelers.

Firefighters arrived on the scene Saturday night, to find fire and smoke showing from a 2nd floor apartment in the rear of the structure as well as a large amount of smoke issuing from the front and other attached buildings. 

Fire fighters had hard time to access the building due to the presence of vehicles and attendees from the Leesburg Classic Car Show.  Firefighters used salvage covers and tarps to protect several vehicles parked directly in front of the burning building.
Rescue units transported one adult occupant of the fire apartment to Lansdowne Hospital for medical evaluation and treatment.  Additionally, one firefighter and a civilian that was on the scene were transported for medical evaluation.  Loudoun County Animal Control responded to the scene to care for several deceased pets that were lost in the fire.

The Loudoun County Fire Marshal's Office is conducting an investigation into the cause of the fire. The anticipated loss to the structure involved and its contents is approximately $500,000. 

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