On Wednesday, April 1, at approximately 5:24 p.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue, Arlington County Fire Department, and the City of Alexandria Fire Department were dispatched for a reported townhouse fire in the 3300 block of Spring Lane in the Bailey’s Crossroads area of Fairfax County.
Units arrived on scene with smoke showing from a two-story, end unit townhouse. Crews quickly located and extinguished a fire in the basement. Three cats were found deceased due to the fire. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries.
One occupant was home at the time of the fire. The occupant smelled smoke and, upon investigation, discovered fire in the basement. She self-evacuated and called 9-1-1. The house had working smoke alarms. The fire was discovered before their activation.
Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in the basement kitchen. The cause was an electrical event involving the electronic control area on the stove.
A total of three occupants were displaced because of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and declined. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $93,750.