Unattended Candle Causes Annandale House Fire

Units responded to a house fire Thursday, April 2, 2015, at approximately 8:10 p.m., in the Annandale area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 7127 Wayne Drive.

Firefighters encountered smoke and fire coming from the one-story home upon arrival. Firefighters conducted an aggressive fire attack and brought the fire under control in approximately 20 minutes. The occupants were alerted to the fire by a carbon monoxide alarm in the kitchen. The home had no working smoke alarms. Two adults and five children have been displaced. Red Cross is assisting the occupants. There were no injuries.

Damage is estimated at $87,750.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. An unattended candle in a bedroom caused the fire.

 Candle Safety Tips

  • Do not place candles near combustible materials.
  • Place candles in glass or ceramic containers.
  • Place candles on a flat, sturdy surface.
  • Never leave children unattended in a room with an open flame candle.
  • Do not place candles on window ledges or near entryways. The potential air draft can “fan” the flame, catching curtains or other materials on fire.
  • Do keep burning candles within sight at all times. Candles can present fire hazards outdoors on decks and patios as well as inside your home.
  • Always extinguish candles before leaving the home.
  • Place all candles on a protected, heat resistant, dry surface away from anything that can catch fire and out of the reach of children and pets.