Candle Causes House Fire, Displaces Two

Units responded to a house fire, Wednesday, August 26, 2015, at approximately 1:35 a.m., in the Merrifield area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 8519 Spartan Road.

Firefighters encountered smoke and fire coming from the rear of the two-story home upon arrival. Firefighters conducted an aggressive fire attack and quickly brought the fire under control. Neighbors reported the fire and alerted the two occupants, who escaped unharmed. There were no working smoke alarms in the home. Both adult occupants have been displaced and have declined Red Cross support. There were no injuries.

Damage is estimated at $70,000.

According to investigators, the cause of the fire was accidental. A candle on the deck too close to combustibles caused the fire.

Candle Safety Tips

Do not place candles near combustible materials.

Place candles in glass or ceramic containers.

Place candles on a flat, sturdy surface.

Never leave children unattended in a room with an open flame candle.

Do not place candles on window ledges or near entryways. The potential air draft can “fan” the flame, catching curtains or other materials on fire.

Do keep burning candles within sight at all times. Candles can present fire hazards outdoors on decks and patios as well as inside your home.

Always extinguish candles before leaving the home.

Place all candles on a protected, heat resistant, dry surface away from anything that can catch fire and out of the reach of children and pets.