Smoking Materials Cause Reston Townhouse Fire

Units responded to a townhouse fire Sunday, May 31, 2015, at approximately 4:40 p.m., in the Reston area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 11708 Great Owl Circle.

Units encountered smoke and fire coming from the rear deck of the two-story townhouse upon arrival. Firefighters conducted an aggressive fire attack and quickly extinguished the fire. Three occupants were home when the fire broke out and escaped safely. No one was displaced. There were no injuries.

Damage is estimated at $2,000.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. Improperly discarded smoking materials in a flower pot on the deck 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.