Smoking Materials Cause Springfield House Fire

IMG_1508Units responded to a house fire Sunday, January 24, 2016 at approximately 8:10 a.m., in the Springfield area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 7823 Roundabout Way.

Units encountered smoke and fire coming from the two-story single-family home upon arrival. Crews quickly extinguished the fire and confirmed everyone was out of the home. One of the two occupants discovered the fire prior to the smoke alarms sounding and both escaped safely. The occupants have been displaced and will be receiving support from Red Cross.

Damage is estimated at $163,750.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. Improperly discarded smoking materials in the second floor master bathroom caused the fire.

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.