Improperly Discarded Smoking Materials Cause two Apartment Fires

Cigarette Butts Can Cause Fires. Please Dispose Carefully.

Cigarette Butts Can Cause Fires. Please Dispose Carefully.


Units responded to two separate Garden Apartment fires on Monday, September 7,2015.  Both fires were in the Kingstowne area of Fairfax County. One fire occurred at approximately 6:30 a.m. at 7505 Ashby Lane and the other occurred at approximately 7:00 a.m. at 7712 Haynes Point Way.

Firefighters encountered smoke and fire coming from the deck of both apartments. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fires.  All occupants at both incidents were alerteted by the building smoke alarms.  There were no injuries.

Damage is estimated at approximately $2,000 for each fire.

According to fire investigators, the fires were accidental. Improperly discarded smoking materials on the deck caused the fires.

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.