On Sunday, September 11 at approximately 1:18 p.m., units responded to a report of the back of a house on fire in the 8000 block of Oak Crest Lane in the Fairfax Station area of the county. Units from Fire Station 41, Crosspointe, arrived on the scene and reported a large volume of fire from the rear, first floor, second floor, and through the roof of a three-story single family home.
Due to the very large volume of fire, firefighters initiated an exterior operation to attack the fire as well as to protect the neighboring homes on either side. Despite the radiant heat and large amount of fire, the incident was primarily contained to the house where the fire started with some minor damage – melted vinyl siding – to the neighboring homes on either side.
At the time of the fire, the house was occupied by two adults and three juveniles. One of the juveniles inside of the home discovered the fire just as the smoke alarms activated. There were also several calls to 9-1-1 reporting a very large fire to the rear of the home. All occupants safely evacuated the house prior to fire department arrival.
The fire investigation determined the fire was accidental in nature and originated in the rear of the structure inside of a plastic storage shed located under the deck.
The two-alarm fire brought over 60 firefighters to the scene. There were no reported firefighter or civilian injuries. Red Cross was on scene and offered assistance to the occupants but was declined. Four occupants have been displaced as a result of the fire. Damages as a result of the fire was estimated to be $460,000.00.