On Wednesday, June 9 at approximately 12:12 p.m., units were dispatched for a reported townhouse fire in the 400 block of Council Drive, NE in the Town of Vienna.
Units arrived on the scene of a two-story, middle unit townhouse with smoke evident from the roof. Crews rapidly located, and extinguished, a fire in a second-floor bedroom. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries reported.
Two occupants were home at the time of the fire. A plumber was sweating pipe in a second-floor bathroom. He briefly went to his truck parked outside and, upon re-entering the home, heard the smoke alarm sounding. Upon further investigation, he observed smoke visible from the area where he was sweating pipe. The worker and one of the occupants called 9-1-1 and they all self-evacuated the home.
Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started within the wall between the bedroom closet and second-floor bathroom. The cause of the fire was an open flame device (torch) that ignited nearby combustibles.
Two occupants were displaced because of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and declined. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $148,750.