Grill Causes Annandale House Fire

Units responded to a house fire Monday, August 24, 2015, at 6:25 p.m., in the Annandale area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 4233 Guinea Road.

Firefighters encountered heavy smoke and fire coming from the attic and rear of the two-story home upon arrival. Firefighters conducted an aggressive exterior fire attack and brought the fire under control in approximately 20 minutes. One occupant was at home when the fire broke out and escaped unharmed. The fire was reported by a neighbor after seeing flames consuming the rear deck. Red Cross is providing support to the occupant. There were no injuries.

Damage is estimated at $70,000.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. A propane grill too close to the home 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.