Electrical Event Causes Sleepy Hollow House Fire


On Friday, July 14, at approximately 5:50 p.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and Arlington County Fire Department were dispatched for a report of a house fire in the 3000 block of Crane Drive in the Sleepy Hollow section of Fairfax County. 

Upon arrival units reported smoke showing from the roof line of a two-story single family house. Crews advanced fire hose lines and located the fire near the electrical panel in the basement. Firefighters determined that the fire had extended to the first and second floor through void spaces in the walls. The fire on the first and second floors was quickly extinguished. The fire in the basement was confined until the power company was able to remove the meter and de-energize the electrical system. At that point, firefighters were able to safely extinguish the remaining fire. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries reported.

Four adults and one child were home at the time of the fire. The occupants discovered the fire after they smelled smoke. There was one smoke alarm in the house. All occupants evacuated the structure prior to the arrival of the fire department units.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire started in a basement bedroom at the electric panel box. The cause of the fire was accidental in nature as a result of an electrical event involving the wiring in the electric panel box.  

A total of eight occupants were displaced due to the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and accepted by the occupants. Damages as a result of the fire were estimated at approximately $125,000.