Smoking Materials Cause McLean High-Rise Fire

Units responded to high-rise fire, Thursday, September 10, 2015, at approximately 8:10 p.m., in the McLean area of Fairfax County. The building is located at 8421 Broad Street.

Firefighters encountered heavy smoke coming from the sixth floor balcony of the 26-story residential building upon arrival. Firefighters conducted an aggressive exterior fire attack and quickly extinguished the fire. Three occupants were at home when the fire broke out and escaped unharmed. The occupants were not displaced. There were no injuries.

Damage is estimated at $500.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. Improperly discarded smoking materials caused the fire.

Smoking 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.