Bailey’s Crossroads Apartment Fire Caused By Unattended Open Flame Device

On Saturday, July 29, at approximately 3:34 p.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue, the City of Alexandria Fire Department, and Arlington County Fire Department responded for a report of an apartment fire in the 5800 block of Oakview Gardens Drive in the Bailey’s Crossroads section of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on scene to find smoke showing from the front, terrace level of a three-story garden apartment. Firefighters quickly located and extinguished a small fire in one of the apartments. No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported.

The apartment was unoccupied at the time of the fire. Other tenants of the building discovered the fire when they saw smoke coming from the apartment and notified 9-1-1. There were three smoke alarms in the unit. The alarms were not working and did not alert the other occupants of the building.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire started in the closet of a bedroom. The cause was accidental in nature and was caused by combustible materials too close to an unattended open flame device.

Five people were displaced as a result of this fire. Two adults from the apartment where the fire originated and two adults and one child from an adjacent apartment. Red Cross assistance was requested and accepted. Damages as a result of the fire were estimated at approximately $20,000.