Chimney Causes Alexandria House Fire

Units responded to a house fire Tuesday, January 19, 2016, in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 6414 Casperson Road.

Units encountered smoke and fire coming from the chimney and attic of the home. Crews quickly extinguished the fire and confirmed everyone was out of the home. The occupants were alerted of the fire by their smoke alarms. Red Cross support was offered but declined. There were no injuries.

Damage is estimated at $70,000.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. The fire originated in the chimney of a wood burning stove.

Fireplace Safety Tips

  • Ensure that your chimney is cleaned and inspected by a licensed professional once a year.
  • A spark arrestor across the top of a chimney will prevent sparks from igniting your roof.
  • Use the proper fuel (seasoned hardwood, pellets, and gas/propane) for your type of system. Never use gasoline, kerosene, or other flammable liquids to start a fire.
  • Fireplaces should have a sturdy screen across the front to prevent embers from flying or logs from rolling out.
  • When clearing ashes from the fireplace, be sure to put them into a metal container with a lid—never into a cardboard box or paper bag.
  • Follow manufacturer’s instructions carefully. Many “non-masonry” fireplace/chimney units have limitations on the amount of heat they can safely withstand.