Electrical Malfunction Causes Reston Townhouse Fire

On Wednesday, June 7, at approximately 5:09 a.m., units were dispatched for a reported townhouse fire in the 1600 block of Greenbriar Court in the Reston section of Fairfax County.

First arriving units reported fire showing from a three-story townhouse. Firefighters made an aggressive attack and extinguished the fire in approximately 20 minutes.

During fire extinguishment operations, one firefighter fell through the first floor to the basement. A mayday was initiated and the firefighter was recovered in short order. Crews evaluated the firefighter and no obvious injuries were noted. As a precaution, the firefighter was transported to a local hospital for a checkup. The firefighter was released a short time later and cleared medically to return to duty.

A passerby discovered the fire and called 9-1-1. No occupants were in the townhouse at the time of the fire. There were no smoke alarms present.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire started in a recessed light above the basement ceiling. The cause was determined to be accidental in nature involving a junction box suppling electrical power to a recessed light fixture.

One adult male and one adult female were displaced as a result of the fire. Red Cross assistance was declined. There were no reported civilian injuries.

Damages as a result of the fire are estimated to be approximately $125,000.