Cigarette Causes Reston Townhouse Fire

Units responded to a townhouse fire, Sunday, May 3, 2015, at approximately 3:25 a.m., in the Reston area of Fairfax County. The single-family townhouse is located at 2250 White Cornus Lane.

Firefighters encountered smoke fire coming from a second floor balcony of a three-story, middle townhouse upon arrival. Firefighters conducted an aggressive fire attack and quickly brought the fire under control. Firefighters kept the fire from spreading into the home. Two adults and children were home when the fire broke out and escaped unharmed. There were no injuries.

Damage is estimated at $2,000.

According fire investigators, the fire was accidental. An improperly disposed cigarette into a flower pot on the balcony 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.