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Falls Church house fire

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FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WJLA) - Firefighters battled a two-alarm house fire in Falls Church Friday morning.

It broke out a little after 3 a.m. in a house on Westmoreland Street and Haycock Road, across the street from Haycock Elementary School.

Waking up to sirens and flames that early in the morning would probably frighten anyone living next door. But unfortunately, Lynn Heinrichs and her husband have been through this before – twice.

"I said, 'Honey, the house is on fire again,' and he was like, 'No, you're kidding,'" said Lynn.

75 firefighters worked to put out the blaze, which did considerable damage to the home. But it was not as bad as the first fire two years ago that destroyed the house, which was followed again by a smaller one over the summer last year.

The home has been on the market for over four years now, but there are still no takers at its current listing of $1.6 million.

According to Fairfax investigators, the second fire was intentionally set, while the first burned the house too much to tell. This time around, firefighters say the home is a complete loss.

"While we don't use the term 'suspicious,' we are concerned for obvious reasons. This is the third fire here in as many years and it's a building that's unoccupied," said Deputy Chief Mike Reilly with the Fairfax County Office of the Fire Marshal.

Years ago, the home was also hit by vandals, who spray painted a word across the house that stuck: "Gigantour."

No one can figure out exactly why the home is a repeat target, and though for Lynn Henrichs it’s a big question mark, she still isn't considering leaving anytime soon:

"No, we're not gonna move. We love it here. This is a great neighborhood -- except for Gigantour."

No injuries were reported and the cause is unknown.

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