West Annandale Garage Fire, 13 Displaced

Units responded to a house fire, Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at approximately 3:20 a.m., in the West Annandale area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 4032 Olley Lane.

Firefighters encountered heavy smoke and fire coming from the roof and eaves of the garage of the ranch-style home upon arrival. Firefighters conducted an aggressive fire attack and brought the fire under control in approximately 30 minutes. Firefighters were able to keep the fire from extending into the home.

Smoke alarms sounded; however, all the occupants were able to escape unharmed after smelling smoke. Two adults and 11 children have been displaced. Red Cross is assisting the all the occupants. There were no injuries.

Damage is estimated at $87,500.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. An electrical event in the attached garage caused the fire.

Electrical Safety Tips

  • Replace or repair loose or frayed cords on all electrical devices.
  • Avoid overloading outlets. Plug only one high-wattage appliance into each receptacle outlet at a time.
  • If your power goes out often or the lights in your home flicker, produce an odor, or make noise, have an electrician come in to inspect your wiring.
  • The electrical outlet in the bathroom should have a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI). This is a tool that protects you from dangerous shock when water and electricity come together. An electrician can install a GFCI for you.
  • All electrical outlets and switches should be covered by “face plates.”
  • When possible, avoid the use of “cube taps” and other devices that allow the connection of multiple appliances into a single receptacle.
  • Inspect electrical cords to make sure they are in good condition.