Unattended Candle Ignites Springfield House Fire

NEWS UPDATE GRAPHICAt approximately 1:15 pm, on Tuesday, August 23, fire and rescue units responded to a reported house fire in the 6200 block of Doncaster Court in the Springfield area of Fairfax County. The engine crew from Fire Station 22 (Springfield) arrived on scene and reported smoke showing from the front of a two-story single family home. The occupants of the home safely evacuated prior to arrival of firefighters. 

Upon investigation, firefighters found an extinguished fire in a second floor bedroom of the home. An occupant of the home was alerted to the fire when she smelled smoke and informed nearby construction workers who extinguished the fire with a garden hose. There were no reported injuries to civilian or fire and rescue personnel. 

One adult and one child were displaced as a result of the fire. Red Cross was on-scene and offered assistance to the displaced occupants. Damages to the home are estimated at $18,750.00. 

Fire investigators discovered four smoke alarms in the residence. None were in working condition. The fire was determined to be accidental in nature as a result of an unattended candle which ignited nearby combustibles. 

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department would like to remind residents to avoid the dangers of fire while burning candles to please follow the safety tips listed below:

• Never leave burning candles unattended
• Keep all combustible materials away from open flames
• Do not burn candles near windows or doorways
• Place candles in glass or ceramic containers
• Place candles on a flat, sturdy non-combustible surface
• Never leave candles burning when children or pets are present