Apartment Fire Started By Unattended Candle

On Monday, August 29, at approximately 7:59 a.m., units were dispatched for a reported apartment fire in the 2700 block of Arlington Drive located in the Hybla Valley area of Fairfax County. Units arrived on scene and reported smoke showing from the roof area of a three-story, garden style apartment building. A second alarm was immediately requested by command and dispatched. Shortly after the arrival of firefighters, fire was observed in the roof area. The fire originated in a second floor bedroom, broke through the window and extended vertically into the attic space. Firefighters quickly went to work containing the fire and ensuring it did not spread across the attic/roof area. Approximately 60 firefighters were on scene of the fire.

The fire was reported by the occupant of the apartment where the fire originated. Smoke alarms were present in the apartment unit, however, they were inoperable. The building has twelve units, of which eight were occupied at the time of the fire. A total of approximately 20 occupants have been displaced. The management company, in conjunction with Red Cross, have relocated all of the displaced residents.

There were no civilian injuries reported. One firefighter was evaluated for a heat-related injury.

Fire Investigators have listed the fire as accidental in nature with the cause determined to be unattended candles in close proximity to ordinary combustibles. Damages were estimated to be $663,547.00 total.

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department would like to remind residents to avoid the dangers of fire while burning candles to please follow the safety tips listed below:

  • Never leave burning candles unattended
  • Keep all combustible materials away from open flames
  • Do not burn candles near windows or doorways
  • Place candles in glass or ceramic containers
  • Place candles on a flat, sturdy non-combustible surface
  • Never leave candles burning when children or pets are present

 

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Firefighters and Police Provide Kid’s Haircuts Prior to School Start

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Firefighters will sponsor kid’s haircuts Tuesday, August 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Gum Springs Community Center, 8100 Fordson Road, Alexandria. Firefighters, local barbers, and beauticians hope to cut hair for 150 kids.

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, Police, and Sheriff’s Office will have equipment on display, along with performing clowns, and face painting.

 

FXFRD Offers Fall Citizens Fire & Rescue Academy

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Want to learn more about the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department? Want to participate in an interesting, fun-filled, nine-week program that will show you what firefighters and paramedics do every day?

You can now apply to the Citizens Fire & Rescue Academy; applications will be accepted until September 9, 2016, or until the class of 25 is filled. The Academy will begin September 22, 2016, and will meet for nine consecutive Thursdays, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at various locations in and outside the department. Each session will cover different aspects of the organization, providing an in-depth overview of the department and its uniformed and civilian workforce. Program topics include: fire suppression, emergency medical services, training, recruitment, special operations, and other interesting topics.

 To sign up for the free program, you must be 18 years of age and apply online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fr/cfa.  

 

House Fire Causes $90K In Damages

On Wednesday, August 24 at approximately 10:23 a.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and the City of Fairfax Fire Department responded to a report of a house fire in the 9400 block of Wrought Iron Court in the Lee Meadows area of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on scene and reported heavy fire showing from the roof of a two-story single family home. Three occupants discovered the fire before the smoke alarms sounded. All three safely evacuated the home and were outside upon fire department arrival.

Firefighters quickly went to work to extinguish the fire. The bulk of the fire was contained to the attic area of the home. One occupant sustained minor burns to an arm and leg and was transported to an area hospital for evaluation and treatment. No firefighter injuries were reported.

An investigation was initiated and revealed the fire originated on the exterior of the home on a wood deck and was incendiary in nature.

Damages to the home are estimated to be $90,000.00. Red Cross is assisting five adults and two children as a result of the fire.

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Unattended Candle Ignites Springfield House Fire

NEWS UPDATE GRAPHICAt approximately 1:15 pm, on Tuesday, August 23, fire and rescue units responded to a reported house fire in the 6200 block of Doncaster Court in the Springfield area of Fairfax County. The engine crew from Fire Station 22 (Springfield) arrived on scene and reported smoke showing from the front of a two-story single family home. The occupants of the home safely evacuated prior to arrival of firefighters. 

Upon investigation, firefighters found an extinguished fire in a second floor bedroom of the home. An occupant of the home was alerted to the fire when she smelled smoke and informed nearby construction workers who extinguished the fire with a garden hose. There were no reported injuries to civilian or fire and rescue personnel. 

One adult and one child were displaced as a result of the fire. Red Cross was on-scene and offered assistance to the displaced occupants. Damages to the home are estimated at $18,750.00. 

Fire investigators discovered four smoke alarms in the residence. None were in working condition. The fire was determined to be accidental in nature as a result of an unattended candle which ignited nearby combustibles. 

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department would like to remind residents to avoid the dangers of fire while burning candles to please follow the safety tips listed below:

• Never leave burning candles unattended
• Keep all combustible materials away from open flames
• Do not burn candles near windows or doorways
• Place candles in glass or ceramic containers
• Place candles on a flat, sturdy non-combustible surface
• Never leave candles burning when children or pets are present