Improper Disposal Of Smoking Materials Causes Springfield Fire


On Sunday, April 16, at approximately 3:59 a.m., units were dispatched for a report of a house fire in the 7300 block of Lamar Drive in the Springfield section of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on scene and reported smoke showing from the rear of a one-story, single family home. Firefighters found a deck to the rear of the home on fire. Crews quickly extinguished the fire.

At the time of the fire, the home was occupied by four adults. There were no smoke alarms in the house. A passerby discovered the fire and alerted the occupants. All occupants self-evacuated the home prior to the arrival of the fire department units.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire started on the wooden deck to the rear of the home. The cause of the fire was accidental in nature, due to the improper disposal of smoking materials.

There were no civilian or firefighter injuries reported. A total of four occupants were displaced as a result of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered but declined.

The fire department installed two new smoke alarms in the home prior to leaving the scene. Damages as a result of the fire were estimated to be approximately $15,000.