Juvenile Playing With Matches Causes Annandale House Fire


On Sunday, February 26, at approximately 9:45 a.m., units responded for a report of a house fire in the 7700 block of Rowan Court in the Annandale section of Fairfax County.

Upon arrival, units observed fire showing from a bedroom window in a one story, single family home. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire. There were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries.

Occupants of the home were alerted to the fire by their six year-old son and safely evacuated the home. The smoke alarms did not activate. Red Cross assistance was offered and accepted. There were a total of five people displaced as a result of the fire.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire originated from a mattress in the six year-old’s bedroom. The fire is accidental in nature and was caused by a juvenile playing with matches.

Damages as a result of the fire were estimated at approximately $250,000.

Do you have, or know, a child who experiments with fire? The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department hosts an educational intervention program for juvenile fire setters administered by nationally certified personnel.

Referrals are received from court officials, school counselors, law enforcement officials, mental health practitioners, fire investigators, firefighters, parents/guardians, and adult relatives.

For more information or to schedule a program please call (703) 246-3801.