Herndon Apartment Fire Caused By Improperly Discarded Smoking Materials

On Sunday, September 29, at approximately 7:50 p.m., units were dispatched for a reported garden apartment fire in the 2400 block of Masons Ferry Drive in the Herndon section of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on scene with fire showing from a fourth-floor balcony.  A second alarm was immediately requested which brought units from Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Department. Crews rapidly extinguished the fire. There were no firefighter or civilian injuries reported.

One occupant was home at the time of the fire. The occupant discovered the fire on the balcony and attempted to extinguish the fire prior to fire department arrival. Smoke alarms were present and activated.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started on the fourth-floor balcony. The cause of the fire was improperly discarded smoking materials.

There were twenty occupants displaced because of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and accepted. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $76,000.

Did you know that so far in 2019, damages as a result improperly discarded smoking materials is over $2.2 Million! There have now been 30 significant incidents with one death and one burn injury.

The members of your Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department want to help eliminate this totally preventable cause of fire and keep Fairfax County safe! If you smoke, or know someone who does, please take a moment to learn how to prevent starting a fire. Got To Smoke It? Sink It Or Soak It!