Smoke Alarm Alerts Occupant To Centreville Townhouse Fire


On Monday, March 6, at approximately 5:44 a.m., units were dispatched for a reported townhouse fire in the 6400 block of Overcoat Lane in the Centreville section of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on the scene of a three-story, end unit townhouse and discovered a fire in a third floor bathroom. The fire was quickly extinguished and contained to the bathroom.

At the time of the fire, the townhouse was occupied by one adult. The occupant was alerted to the fire by a working smoke alarm. The occupant evacuated the townhouse and called 911 once safely outside.

There were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries. The occupant was able to re-occupy the townhouse. Red Cross assistance was offered but not needed.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire originated in a hallway bathroom located on the third floor of the townhouse. The fire was ruled accidental in nature and was caused by an electrical event involving the exhaust fan.

Damages are estimated to be approximately $5,500. Fairfax County Fire and Rescue would like to remind all residents that working smoke alarms save lives as well as property.