Improperly Discarded Smoking Materials In Potting Soil Cause Herndon Apartment Fire

news update graphicOn Wednesday, April 11 at approximately 3:22 p.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and Loudoun County Fire and Rescue were dispatched for a reported apartment fire in the 700 block of Tamarack Way in the Town of Herndon.

Units arrived on the scene of a three-story, garden-style apartment to find fire showing from the balcony of a second floor apartment. Crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire. Damage was limited to the balcony with the apartment receiving smoke damage.

The fire was discovered by a passer-by and the Herndon Police Department. The building did not have an automatic fire alarm or sprinkler system. The fire was discovered prior to the activation of the smoke alarms.

Two occupants and one pet were displaced as a result of the fire. One occupant was transported to an area hospital for evaluation. There were no reported firefighter injuries. American Red Cross assistance was offered and accepted.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started on the balcony of the apartment. The cause of the fire was the ignition of potting soil by improperly discarded smoking materials. Damages as a result of the fire were estimated to be $12,500.