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Clifford Johns killed in Alexandria townhouse fire

A 54-year-old man is dead following a townhouse fire in Alexandria. (Photo: WJLA)

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WJLA) - Flames ripped through the roof of a Fairfax County townhouse Thursday evening, claiming the life of a 54-year-old man.

Firefighters were called to the{ }house in the 8600 block of Vanoy Court around 9 p.m. Officials believe the blaze began on the second floor.

Clifford Johns was found unconscious in his bedroom and died at an area hospital.

Orin Davis captured the blaze on camera.{ }

“I came around the corner and just saw a lot of fire and smoke,” Davis says.

Three other people in the house escaped the blaze.

Neighbors say{ }Johns used to be a music teacher, adding that he's lived in the community for nearly 30 years.{ }

Fire officials say the smoke detector in the home wasn't mounted and didn't go off.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Officials estimated the fire damage at $50,000.

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