On Sunday, August 20 at approximately 7:51 a.m., units were dispatched for a fire alarm going off in a high rise building in the 12000 block of Sunset Hills Road in the Reston section of Fairfax County.
Units arrived on scene with no smoke or fire evident from the outside of a twelve story, commercial high rise building. Crews proceeded to the 11th floor where they discovered a significant amount of smoke. A second alarm was requested immediately.
Firefighters quickly discovered the fire which had been mostly extinguished by one operating fire sprinkler head. The remaining fire was quickly extinguished and contained to the 11th floor. Crews went to work to clear the smoke conditions on the 11th floor as well as light smoke conditions on the 12th floor.
The building was occupied by approximately 20 employees at the time of the fire. All occupants safely evacuated the building.
Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started on the 11th floor at a set of four clustered cubicle workspaces. The cause of the fire was electrical in nature involving a junction box that routed power to the four workstations. The nature of the failure is not known at this time.
There were no firefighter or civilian injuries reported. Red Cross assistance was not needed.
Damages as a result of the fire are estimated to be approximately $40,000.
On Thursday, August 17 at approximately 10:48 p.m., units were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 3400 block of Annandale Road in the Annandale section of Fairfax County.
Units arrived on the scene of a one and a half story house with smoke and fire showing in the rear of the home. Crews quickly doused the exterior fire and then advanced into the home to complete extinguishment of the fire. Simultaneously, other crews initiated a rapid search and confirmed all occupants had safely evacuated the home. The fire was contained to the rear area of the home.
One occupant was home at the time of the fire. The fire was reported to 9-1-1 by another occupant that arrived at the front door and saw smoke. The one occupant home at the time of the fire woke to the smell of smoke and exited the home prior to the activation of the smoke alarms.
Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in the one-story addition on the back of the home. The fire originated in a power strip and was most likely due to the overloading of the power strip.
There were no reported civilian or fire fighter injuries. Red Cross assistance was requested and utilized. A total of five occupants were displaced.
Damage as a result of the fire is estimated to be approximately $18,750.
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue would also like to remind all residents about electrical safety for extension cords, power strips and surge protectors:
- Replace worn, old or damaged extension cords right away.
- Use extension cords for temporary purposes only.
- Avoid putting cords where they can be damaged or pinched, like under a carpet or rug.
- Do not overload power strips.
- Use power strips that have internal overload protection.
On August 16-17, a delegation from the National Firefighters of Colombia visited Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and Virginia Task Force 1 in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA). The purpose of the meeting was to exchange best practices.
As a thank you for hosting, Fire Chief Richard Bowers was presented with Colombian Coffee as a gift by the Firefighters of Colombia.
Fire Station 11, Penn Daw, B-Shift was out in the community on Saturday, as part of our Safety In Our Community program, conducting a home safety evaluation for interested families. After surveying the interior of one home, crews noticed they did not have any working smoke alarms. They also had gas appliances in the home but no carbon monoxide (CO) detector.
The crew ended up installing two smoke alarms and one CO detector. The family was so grateful for this service that they insisted the crew join them for a meal.
A great opportunity to get to know those we serve while also ensuring one home is a lot safer then when we found it.
On Friday, August 11, at approximately 7 p.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and the City of Fairfax Fire Department were dispatched for a reported house fire located in the 9600 block of Ceralene Court in the Fairfax section of Fairfax County.
Units arrived on the scene of a two-story, single family home and observed fire showing from the roof area. Crews quickly went to work extinguishing the fire. There were no reported firefighter or civilian injuries.
No occupants were in the home at the time of the fire. An off duty Fairfax County firefighter, Lieutenant Allan Burchell, was driving in the area and noticed a column of smoke. Upon investigation, he discovered the house on fire and called 911. Lieutenant Burchell grabbed a garden hose and proceeded to contain some of the fire until fire units arrived.
Three adults and two juveniles were displaced. Red Cross assistance was offered and declined. There were smoke alarms in the home, however, they did not activate because the fire was located in the exterior and attic space of the home.
Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature. It started on the exterior of the home and spread into the attic. The fire was the result of a lightning strike.
Damages as a result of the fire are estimated to be approximately $26,000.
The local roads are very dangerous for us and our public safety partners Fairfax County Police and the Virginia State Police. Take a moment to watch the below video and learn more about a law designed to try and make the roadways safer for public safety personnel.
Move Over, it is the law!
Please help to protect those who protect you.
Looks like a beautiful several days in store to do a little cooking on the grill. Fairfax County Fire and Rescue would like to remind all residents about grilling safely. Here are some safety tips for a happy and safe cookout season:
- Never leave your grill unattended or place combustibles too close to grill. These are the two leading causes for charcoal grill home fires.
- Use charcoal lighter fluid only before the fire is lit. If you try to make a fire bigger by adding more fluid, the heat from the coals may ignite the stream of fuel and burn back into the can, causing it to explode in your hands.
- Never use gasoline to start a fire – it is much too dangerous to use on grills.
- Try using a U.L. approved electrical starter in place of lighter fluid.
- Never use a grill on apartment or condominium balconies. This practice is one of the biggest dangers with grills. It is unsafe and against the law.
- Place grills away from structures so they will not tip over or ignite objects above them.
- Keep a garden hose or a portable fire extinguisher handy in case the fire gets out of control.
- Never bring a grill into the home. The carbon monoxide produced by burning charcoal can be dangerous, even deadly, in an enclosed space.
- Keep children and pets away from fires and grills. Declare a three foot “safe zone” around the grill. It only takes a second for curiosity to cause a serious burn.
- Though coals may appear to be cool, always soak them with water. Coals retain enough heat to reignite for days after the fire.
- Periodically remove grease or fat buildup in trays below the grill so it cannot be ignited by a hot grill.
- If your bag of charcoal gets wet, leave it in a well ventilated area away from the house. During the drying process spontaneous ignition can occur in confined areas.