House Fire Displaces Five in Alexandria Area

On Monday, May 30, at approximately 4:16 p.m., the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department responded to the 4300 block of Rock Creek Road for reports of a house fire.

Upon arrival, units observed a single-family home with an active fire in the basement. The fire was intense and spread through the basement to the first floor causing the structure to weaken. A second alarm was sounded bringing over 60 firefighters to the scene. Firefighters conducted an aggressive attack and were able to bring the fire under control. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries. Total property loss is valued at $85,000.

No one was home at the time of the fire. The house had working smoke alarms. Three adults and two juveniles have been displaced and are receiving assistance from the Red Cross.

An investigation revealed the fire originated within the ceiling between the basement and first floor. The most probable cause was an electrical event involving a wiring bundle originating from the electric service panel and running to the home’s kitchen.