Working Smoke Alarm Alerts Residents to Kingstowne House Fire

On Friday, June 17, at approximately 5:48 a.m., units were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 7800 block of Kincardine Court in the Kingstowne area of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on the scene of a two-story, split-foyer home with fire in the basement. Crews quickly extinguished the fire. There were no firefighter injuries reported. Both occupants were evaluated by EMS but declined transport to hospital.

Two occupants were home at the time of the fire. A working smoke alarm awakened the occupants. Both self-evacuated prior to the arrival of the fire department. A neighbor noticed smoke coming from the house and called 9-1-1.

Fire Investigators determined the fire was accidental in nature and started in the laundry/utility room on the first floor. The cause of the fire is the improper disposal of rags used for staining wood.

Two occupants were displaced because of the fire. Red Cross services were offered and declined. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $90,000.