On Friday, January 6, at approximately 3:30 p.m., fire and rescue units responded to the 2500 block of Chase Wellesley Drive in the Herndon area of Fairfax County for a reported townhouse fire.
Units arrived on scene of a two-story, middle unit townhouse and reported an outside fire on the rear deck that had spread to the attic and roof. The fire was quickly extinguished and confined to the townhouse of origin with some minor damage sustained to an adjacent unit. There were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries.
Two occupants were home at the time of the fire. An occupant was alerted to the fire by smoke entering the home prior to the smoke alarm sounding. Both occupants safely exited prior to fire department arrival. A total of four adults and two children were displaced and Red Cross assistance was accepted.
The fire was ruled accidental in nature. It was determined to be caused by a propane cooking burner too close to combustible materials. Property damage is estimated at $91,000.