Radiant Heat Ignites Lincolnia Townhouse Fire


On Thursday, November 15 at approximately 8:22 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 6500 block of Zoysia Court in the Lincolnia area of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on the scene of a two-story, middle unit townhouse with fire showing from the rear of the home. The fire involved all three floors and was extending into the attic area. Crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire. There were no reports of civilian or firefighter injuries.

There were two occupants home at the time of the fire. One of the occupants discovered the fire and called 9-1-1. Smoke alarms activated after the occupant discovered the fire.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started within the fireplace chase at the terrace level. The fire was caused when radiant heat from the fire box ignited the structural components within the fireplace chase.

A total of two occupants were displaced because of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and declined. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $93,750.