On Sunday, March 11, at approximately 7:48 a.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue, Fort Belvoir Fire and Emergency Services, and the City of Alexandria Fire Department were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 1900 block of Mallinson Way, located in the Fort Hunt section of Fairfax County.
Units arrived on the scene of a large, three-story single family home with a heavy volume of smoke showing from the front of the house. Crews quickly determined that there was a fire in the basement. The fire had extended upward through pipe chases and void spaces to the top floor and attic. Fire penetrated the roof in several places. A second alarm was requested due to the size of the home and the complexity of fire. Firefighters deployed multiple fire hose lines and eventually brought the fire under control. There were no reported firefighter or civilian injuries.
Two occupants were home at the time of the fire. The occupants smelled smoke and safely exited the home prior to the activation of the smoke alarms. One occupant called 9-1-1.
Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in the basement area. The cause of the fire was the result of an electrical failure within the wiring pertaining to the whole house humidifier.
Two adult occupants have been displaced as a result of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered but declined. Damages as a result of the fire are approximately $280,000.