Improperly Discarded Smoking Material Cause Of May 2 Centreville Townhouse Fire

On Wednesday, May 2, at 1:18 p.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue, Prince William Fire and Rescue, the City of Fairfax Fire Department, and the Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Department were dispatched for a reported townhouse fire in the 5800 block of Deer Lake Lane (this incident was originally reported as the 5800 block of Watermark Circle) in the Centreville section of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on scene to find several townhouses on fire. The fire extended to the row of townhouses behind. A second alarm was immediately requested. Crews immediately began working to contain the fire. A third alarm was requested due to hot weather conditions. The fire was brought under control a short time later. One firefighter was transported to an area hospital with a non-life threatening injury. No civilian injuries were reported.

The townhouse where the fire started was unoccupied at the time of the fire. A neighbor discovered the fire and called 9-1-1. There were working smoke alarms in the structure.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire started in the rear of the townhouse and was accidental in nature. The cause of the fire was improperly discarded smoking material.

The fire damaged 13 townhouses and displaced 36 people. Red Cross assistance was offered and accepted. Damages as a result of the fire are estimated to be $2,273,712. The loss total reflects all 13 townhouses impacted by the fire.

Photos courtesy of Technician Brent Schnupp.

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