At approximately 1:45 a.m. on Friday, December 16, units dispatched to a reported house fire in the 7200 block of Poplar Street in the Annandale area of Fairfax County.
Firefighters from Fire Station 8, Annandale, was first on the scene and reported fire visible from the rear of a two-story, single family home. A short time later, a second-alarm was requested. Crews proceeded to advance fire hose to the rear of the home and began firefighting operations to extinguish the fire. Approximately 60 firefighters responded to the scene.
An occupant in the home discovered the fire after she smelled smoke and then called 911. There was one smoke alarm in the home but it did not activate due to dead batteries. All occupants had safely evacuated the home prior to fire department arrival.
A total of five occupants were displaced due to the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered but declined. There were no civilian injuries reported. One firefighter sustained a minor injury and was transported to an area hospital for treatment.
Fire Investigators determined that the fire originated in the floor between the main floor and basement. The fire is classified as Accidental in nature. The cause was determined to be an electrical event involving the electrical wires that were located between the floor joists.
Damages to the building as a result of the fire are estimated to be approximately $161,250.00.