Ashes Cause Springfield Townhouse Fire

Units responded to a townhouse fire Sunday, May 31, 2015, at approximately 3:40 a.m., in the Springfield area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 7000 Leewood Forest Drive.

Firefighters encountered smoke and fire coming from the rear deck of the two-story, end unit townhouse upon arrival. Firefighters conducted an aggressive fire attack and quickly extinguished the fire. No one was displaced. There were no injuries.

Damage is estimated at $6,250.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. Improperly discarded charcoal ashes on the deck caused the fire.

 Grill Safety Tips

  • Grills should be placed at least 15 feet from any home, building, or combustibles to ensure adequate air circulation.
  • Charcoal must be kept dry. Spare propane bottles should be stored outside away from the home. A backyard shed is a good place.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill. Grills continue to give off heat long after cooking has stopped.
  • Never place hot ashes in paper or plastic bags or containers. Only use metal containers for hot ashes.
  • Use Underwriters Laboratories (UL) approved electrical starters in place of lighter fluid.
  • Never use a grill on apartment or condominium balconies. This practice is one of the biggest dangers with grills. It is unsafe and against the law.