Improper Disposal Of Smoking Materials Causes Reston Townhouse Fire

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At approximately 10:38 p.m. on Tuesday, November 15, units were dispatched for a reported townhouse fire in the 11500 block of Hearthstone Court in the Reston area of the County.

A unit from Fire Station 25, Reston, arrived first on scene and reported fire showing from a second floor window in the front of a three level end unit townhouse. Three occupants of the home had safely evacuated the home prior to fire department arrival. Firefighters worked quickly to extinguish the fire – which was brought under control less than 12 minutes after arrival.

The occupants were alerted to the fire when one individual saw smoke while in the kitchen. One battery operated smoke alarm was located on the second level of the home but did not activate. An examination of the smoke alarm revealed it was disabled (battery not connected). There were no other smoke alarms observed inside the home.

Fire Investigators determined the fire originated in a bedroom of the home. The cause of the fire is Accidental as a result of improper disposal of smoking materials.

There were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries. Three adult male occupants of the home have been displaced and required Red Cross assistance. Damages to the home were estimated to be $18,750.00.

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department would like to remind all residents who smoke to keep in mind the below safety tips as it relates to the proper disposal of smoking materials:

  • 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.