Smoking Materials Cause Springfield Fire, Two Injured

Units responded to a house fire, Monday, April 27, 2015, at approximately 5:25 a.m., in the Springfield area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 6828 Camus place.

Firefighters encountered smoke coming from the second floor of the two-story home upon arrival. Firefighters conducted an aggressive fire attack and quickly extinguished the fire in the master bedroom. Two occupants were at home when the fire started and were alerted by a smoke alarm. The occupants were not displaced. Both occupants were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Damage is estimated at $2,000.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. Improperly discarded smoking materials on a mattress in the master bedroom 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.