On Thursday, August 9, at approximately 6:19 p.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and the City of Alexandria Fire Department were dispatched for a reported townhouse fire in the 2000 block of Huntington Avenue in the Huntington section of Fairfax County.
Units arrived on the scene of a middle unit, two-story townhouse with smoking coming from the rear door. Crews quickly gained entry and located an extinguished fire in one of the rooms. No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported.
No occupants were home at the time of the fire. The fire was discovered by a neighbor who saw smoke coming from the townhouse and called 9-1-1. The home had working smoke alarms that activated. The fire sprinkler system also activated and extinguished the fire.
Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started on an end table in the living room. The fire was caused by unattended incense stick igniting a wood base.
Two adult occupants were displaced because of the fire. Red Cross assistance was requested and accepted. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $3,000.
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