Electrical Event Causes Annandale House Fire

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On Friday, December 6, at approximately 3:27 a.m., units were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 5000 block of Montgomery Street in the Annandale area of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on scene of a two-story, single-family home with smoke visible. A fire in the attic was quickly located and extinguished. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries reported.

Three occupants were home at the time of the fire. The occupants heard a beeping noise prior to going to bed. Upon investigation, the occupants discovered smoke and a burn mark on the dining room ceiling. Smoke alarms were present but did not activate due to minor smoke conditions and the location of the alarms. The beeping noise was unrelated to the smoke alarms. The occupants exited the home and called 9-1-1.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire started in the dining room on the first floor and was accidental in nature. The fire was caused by an electrical event.

Three occupants were displaced because of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered but declined. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $65,000.

Vienna Building Fire Caused By Electrical Event

On Wednesday, December 4, at approximately 6:32 p.m., units were dispatched for a reported building fire in the 500 block of Mill Street NE in the Town of Vienna.

Units arrived on scene of a one-story commercial building and reported fire visible from within the structure. Crews quickly extinguished the fire. No firefighter or civilian injuries were reported.

An occupant of the business next door could smell smoke. The occupant saw smoke coming from the roll-up bay door at the front of the business and called 9-1-1. No occupants were present in the business when the fire occurred. No smoke alarms were present.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire started inside the front door of the retail sales area and was accidental in nature. The fire was caused by an electrical event in a hot/cold water cooler.

No one was displaced because of the fire. Red Cross assistance was not required. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $11,000.

#MeetFCFRD: Firefighter Vinny Harrison


Firefighter (FF) Vinny Harrison spends his days at Fire Station 11, Penn Daw, doing what he loves. He is assigned to Truck 411 and is ready to help Fairfax County residents and visitors at a moment’s notice. When he isn’t helping his community, FF Harrison is surrounded by coworkers who are more like family.

Growing up, he never imagined he would have a career in the fire service. He lived in Atlanta, Georgia until age 13 when his family moved to Richmond, Virginia. They lived there for a year before settling in Gainesville, Virginia. FF Harrison was homeschooled through high school. He played football in a recreation league with other kids who also played on their high school’s varsity teams. After high school, he began taking classes at Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC). He wanted to study kinesiology, the study of the mechanics of body movement, and planned on earning his Associates degree at NVCC before transferring to George Mason University to complete his degree.

During this time FF Harrison earned a certification in personal training and began working as a personal trainer at a gym in Gainesville. Even though he was the youngest trainer at the gym, he was quickly able to turn personal training into a full-time job holding the gym’s highest clientele base. However, as he began to get more serious with his then girlfriend he began thinking about a more stable career.

As luck would have it, FCFRD Captain Merritt worked out at the same gym using a different trainer. He spotted FF Harrison across the gym and asked to speak with to him about becoming a firefighter. Out of respect, FF Harrison heard what he had to say. He realized that a career in the fire service had everything he liked – camaraderie, the ability to help people, and the adrenaline rush that comes with responding to an emergency.  

Six months later FF Harrison joined FCFRD as a new recruit with a new fiancée. He graduated as member of Recruit Class 138 in June 2015. FF Harrison served at Fire Station 19, Lorton, where he stayed for a little over a year before transferring to Fire Station 11.

FF Harrison loves knowing that when he comes to work he is making a difference. He loves helping others. One of his proudest moments was helping to rescue a little girl out of a house fire in early 2019. The call was featured in UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute’s Close Before You Doze Fall 2019 campaign (https://youtu.be/MpNqcUyLTL4). At the end of a 24-hour shift, he goes home happy and exhausted knowing he has made a positive impact within the community he serves.

Have you wondered what it would be like to #JoinTeamFCFRD? Contact our recruiters at fire.recruitment@fairfaxcounty.gov or (703) 246-3939 to learn more.

Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

Getting ready to put up a real, or artificial, Christmas tree in your home? Before you do, you need to pause a moment and review some important information from our friends at the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI).

Did you know that 1/3 of all Christmas tree fires are a result of electrical failures or malfunctions? Many of these fires can potentially be prevented by following some of the simple steps outlined below.

Taking positive action today may help to ensure your Christmas is a safe and merry one.

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Five Dangers Of Deep Frying A Turkey

Over the last several years, deep frying a turkey has become a popular way to cook thanksgiving dinner. It has also become a very dangerous way to cook a thanksgiving meal!

Take a moment to watch the below Turkey Fryer Demonstration video from our partners in safety at Underwriters Laboratories (UL). As well, please review the Five Dangers Of Deep Frying A Turkey:

  1. Turkey fryers can easily tip over spilling hot oil across a large area.
  2. An overfilled cooking pot will cause oil to spill over when the turkey is placed inside.
  3. A partially frozen turkey will cause hot oil to splatter.
  4. Turkey fryers can easily overheat and start a fire.
  5. The pot, lid and handles of a turkey fryer can get dangerously hot and cause burn injuries.