Unattended Candle Cause of McLean House Fire

On Saturday, January 8, at approximately 10:42 p.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and the Arlington County Fire Department were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 1500 block of Dominion Hill Court in the McLean area of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on the scene of a two-story, single-family home with fire showing from all sides of the house. A second alarm was requested. Crews worked to control the large volume of fire and prevent spread to neighboring homes. Fire was knocked down in thirty minutes. Personnel remained on scene throughout the night cooling hot spots. Working smoke alarms were present and activated after the occupants discovered the fire.

Two occupants were home at the time of the fire. Both occupants discovered the fire, self-evacuated and called 9-1-1. There were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in the family room. The cause of the fire was an unattended candle 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 $919,500.