President Lyndon Johnson's daughter suffers burns in house fire

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President Lydon Johnson’s daughter, Lynda Robb, was injured in a two-alarm fire at the Northern Virginia home she shared with her husband Charles Robb, who is a former Virginia governor and former U.S. senator.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue responded to reports of a fire at the 600 block of Chain Bridge Road in McLean. The first units to arrive found the fire throughout the first floor of the house. A video posted by the fire department showed the blaze progressed to the upper levels and through the roof.

The fire could be seen as far away as D.C. and Maryland, according to the Washington Post. Crews from neighboring Arlington County, Virginia and Montgomery County, Maryland, also responded to the incident, boosting the number of firefighters involved in the effort to about 60. It took nearly 1½ hours to reign in the blaze, the Washington Post also reported.

Lynda suffered from smoke inhalation as well as second-degree burns and, as of today, remains in the hospital. Charles was treated for smoke inhalation and has been released from the hospital.

The current governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam, tweeted that him and his wife Pam were “deeply saddened to learn about the fire. Northam also released an official statement notifying the public that the Robb’s home of nearly 50 years has sustained major damage. The press release included a message from Robb's three daughters.

“Our entire family is deeply grateful to the firefighters for their rapid response and the medical professionals who are taking care of them. We have what is most important to us — our mom and dad,” they said.

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