Heating Lamp Causes Vienna House Fire

Units responded to a house fire Monday, October 26, 2015, at approximately 3:35 p.m., in the Vienna area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 404 Macarthur Avenue, NE, Vienna.

Firefighters encountered smoke throughout the one-story home upon arrival. Firefighters conducted an aggressive fire attack and quickly extinguished the fire in a bedroom. The homeowner reported the fire upon entering the home and immediately called 911. There were no working smoke alarms in the home. The residents have not been displaced. There were no injuries.

Damage is estimated at $15,000.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. A heating lamp for a terrarium on a bedroom floor caused the fire.

Alternate Heating Source Safety Tips

  • Keep at least three feet of clearance between your alternate heat source and anything combustible.
  • Never leave a heater on when you are not in the room or when you go to sleep, and never leave children or pets unattended near heating sources.
  • Only use heaters that have been tested to the latest safety standards and certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL). These heaters will have the most up-to-date safety features, such as automatic shut-offs. It is important to install and use heaters according to manufacturer’s recommendations.