Bailey’s Crossroads Townhouse Fire Displaces Three

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.

Electrical Safety While Working From Home

Are you and/or family members working virtually from home? Extra electrical devices being used to engage your children? Our friends at the Electrical Safety Foundation International have some timely safety tips to keep you and your home safe from electrical hazards. Please take a moment to review the below tips AND address any potential hazards you find!

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Accessible Information can be found here: https://www.esfi.org/resource/electrical-safety-while-working-from-home-757

Annandale Apartment Fire Goes To Two Alarms

On Monday, March 30, at approximately 12:33 p.m., units were dispatched to a reported apartment fire in the 7400 block of Eastmoreland Road in the Annandale section of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on scene of a nine-story, residential high-rise building with no smoke or fire evident. Upon investigation, crews found light smoke conditions on the sixth floor. Firefighters then located a fire in an apartment. A second alarm was requested bringing units from Fairfax County, the City of Alexandria Fire Department, and the City of Fairfax Fire Department.

Crews contained and extinguished a gas fed fire. The fire was confined to the kitchen area. There were no firefighter or civilian injuries.

An occupant was alerted to the fire in the kitchen and called 9-1-1. Smoke alarms were present and activated after the fire was discovered.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in the kitchen of apartment A. The fire was caused when fugitive gases from a gas line that was being repaired in apartment B, migrated into apartment A through a hole in the shared wall. The pilot light of the oven in apartment A ignited the gas which then extended into apartment B and continued to burn until the gas was controlled. Apartment B was unoccupied and under renovation.

No occupants were displaced because of the fire. Red Cross services were not needed. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $93,750.

 

FCFRD Fire Stations Closed To Public

In order to protect the health of our firefighters and medics, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue is closing all fire stations to the public, effective Friday, March 27, at 5 p.m. These closures are in coordination with Fairfax County government’s decision to close county government buildings to the public.

Notices will be posted to the front door of each station directing visitors to call the station for any inquiries. Exceptions will be made for any emergency that would require members of the public to enter the station for treatment. We will miss interacting with our communities at our fire stations but feel this is a necessary step to ensure our personnel stay healthy and able to serve the residents of Fairfax County.

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Window Screens Keep Bugs Out But Won’t Keep Kids In!

Warmer temperatures usually prompt many residents to open the windows in their home. Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department wants to alert residents to an issue that tragically comes up each spring (and fall): children falling out of open windows. Sadly, in past years, this has resulted in serious injury and death.

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Photo Via the National Safety Council web site

Open windows are a safety risk to children. Screens DO NOT prevent children from falling out. Windows must operate easily for emergency exits in case of fire, but should be made “childproof” by following these safety tips:

  • Keep children away from open windows
  • Never leave children alone in rooms with open windows
  • Open windows from the TOP when possible, or only open four inches from bottom
  • Keep beds, chairs, and other “climbing aids” away from windows
  • Consider installing window guards
  • Educate older children about the dangers of open windows

 

Volunteer Fire And Rescue Departments Hosting Blood Drives

Several Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Volunteer Fire Departments are partnering with Inova Blood Donor Services to hold blood drives in their fire station parking lots.

Due to current events, blood supplies in Fairfax County and the nation are at dangerously low levels and dropping.

Inova Blood Donor Services is taking all precautions as it relates to COVID-19. There will be plenty of space to spread out and use appropriate social distancing. To help protect our firefighters and paramedics, access to the fire station is prohibited.

List of days, times and location are below. To register to donate, please go to the Inova Blood Donor Services web site.

Tuesday March 24, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Burke Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department / Fairfax County Fire Station 14. 9501 Old Burke Lake Rd, Burke, Virginia 22015 ALL SLOTS FILLED

Wednesday March 25, 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Vienna Volunteer Fire Department/ Fairfax County Fire Station 2. 400 Center Street South Vienna, VA 22180. ALL SLOTS FILLED

Thursday March 26, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Franconia Volunteer Fire Department/ Fairfax County Fire Station 5. 6300 Beulah St Alexandria, Virginia 22310.

Thursday March 26, 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. at McLean Volunteer Fire Department/ Fairfax County Fire Station 1. 1455 Laughlin Ave McLean, Virginia 22101.

Monday March 30, 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Vienna Volunteer Fire Department/ Fairfax County Fire Station 2. 400 Center Street South Vienna, VA 22180.

Tuesday March 31, 3 p.m. -7 p.m. at Centreville Volunteer Fire Department/ Fairfax County Fire Station 17. 5856 Old Centreville Rd Centreville, Virginia 20121

Wednesday, April 22, 12 p.m. -7 p.m. at Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department/ Fairfax County Fire Station 13. 2148 Gallows Road, Dunn Loring, VA 22027. CANCELLED

 

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Don’t Disable Fire Safety During COVID-19

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Photo via NFPA

At Fairfax County Fire and Rescue we have heard that, as a measure to limit exposure to COVID-19, some businesses and buildings have begun propping open or disabling the latch on fire doors so that people don’t have to touch the door to open it. While we understand the logic, propping open fire doors renders them ineffective in keeping you safe and presents significant hazards and risks in the event of a fire.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recently provided information about this dangerous practice.  See what they have to say here.