On Tuesday, November 6, at approximately 9:32 a.m., units were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 8400 block of Thames Street in the Kings Park area of Fairfax County.
Units arrived on scene of a two-story, single family home with smoke showing. A significant amount of fire could also be seen towards the rear of the home. A second alarm was requested. Crews quickly proceeded to bring the fire under control. There were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries.
There was one occupant home at the time of the fire. The homeowner discovered the fire while investigating the early activation of the dryer’s automatic timer. She was able to evacuate to a neighbor’s home and call 9-1-1. Smoke alarms sounded after the fire was discovered.
Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in the hallway laundry area. The cause of the fire is an electrical event within the dryer.
Two people were displaced because of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and accepted. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $216,250.