Microwave Causes Centreville Townhouse Fire

Units responded to a townhouse fire, Saturday, August 15, 2015, at approximately 10 p.m., in the Centreville area of Fairfax County. The single-family townhouse is located at 14204 Royal Oak Lane.

 Firefighters encountered heavy smoke and fire coming from the three-story, middle townhouse upon arrival. Firefighters conducted an aggressive fire and brought the fire under control in less than 30 minutes. Firefighters also kept the fire from spreading to adjacent townhomes. No one was home when the fire broke out; however, the occupants discovered the fire when they returned home and heard sounding smoke alarms inside the home. Three adults have been displaced. Red Cross support was offered but declined by the occupants. There were no injuries.

 The home was a total loss.

 According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. An electrical event within the microwave in the kitchen caused the fire.