Malfunction in a Charging, Lithium-Ion Battery Pack Cause of Frying Pan Townhouse Fire

On Saturday, June 18, at approximately 9:36 a.m., units were dispatched for a reported townhouse fire in the 13000 block of Rose Petal Circle in the Frying Pan area of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on the scene of a three story, middle unit townhouse with fire visible from the third floor. Crews were able to quickly bring the fire under control. Fire was mostly contained to the third floor with minor extension into the attic. Two dogs were rescued from the home. There were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries.

No occupants were home at the time of the fire. The fire was discovered by neighbors who observed fire coming from the third-floor window. 9-1-1 was called. Smoke alarms were present and activated, according to witness statements.

Fire Investigators determined the fire was accidental in nature and started in a third-floor bedroom. The cause of the fire was a malfunction involving a charging, lithium-ion battery pack.

Two occupants were displaced because of the fire. Red Cross services were offered and declined. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $93,750.