Grill Ashes Cause Springfield Garage Fire

Units responded to a garage fire Monday, June 1, 2015, just after midnight, in the Springfield area of Fairfax County. The garage is located at 6107 Fernleigh Boulevard.

Firefighters encountered smoke and fire coming from the unattached garage upon arrival. Firefighters conducted an aggressive fire attack and quickly extinguished the fire. There were no injuries.

Damage is estimated at $8,500.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. Improperly discarded charcoal ashes and coals dumped near the garage 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.