Units responded to a reported house fire Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at approximately 12:15 a.m., in the Fairfax Station area of Fairfax County. The home is located at 10920 Paynes Church Drive.
Firefighters encountered smoke and fire coming from a one-story, single-family home upon arrival. Firefighters conducted an aggressive fire attack and quickly extinguished the fire. Four occupants were home at the time of the fire. The four residents were displaced. Red Cross was offered and declined.
There were no injuries reported.
Damage is estimated at $242,075.
Fire investigators determined the cause of the fire to be improperly discarded smoking materials.
(Photos provided by Captain Andrew Devlin and Lieutenant Bruce Ruggeri)
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.