Smoking Materials Cause Alexandria House Fire

Units responded to a house fire Saturday, February 28, 2015, at approximately 1:05 p.m., in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 6425 Miller Drive.

Firefighters encountered smoke and fire coming from the deck in the rear of the ranch-style home upon arrival. Firefighters conducted an aggressive fire attack and quickly extinguished the fire. The home did not have any working smoke alarms. Five occupants have been displaced. Red Cross is providing support to the occupants. There were no injuries.

Damage is estimated at $5,500.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. Improperly discarded smoking materials in a plastic flower pot on the deck caused the fire.

Discarded Smoking Materials Safety Tips

  •  Completely douse butts and ashes with water before throwing them away, as they can smolder and cause a fire.
  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Provide large, deep ashtrays with a center support for smokers. Check furniture for any dropped ashes before going to bed. Empty ashes into a fireproof container with water and sand.
  • Keep smoking materials away from anything that can burn (i.e., mattresses, bedding, upholstered furniture, draperies, etc.).
  • Never smoke in a home where oxygen is being used.
  • If you smoke, choose fire-safe cigarettes. They are less likely to cause fires.
  • To prevent a deadly cigarette fire, you must be alert. You won’t be if you are sleepy, have been drinking, or have taken medicine or other drugs.
  • Keep matches and lighters up high, out of children’s sight and reach.