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.
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.
On Friday, August 4, at approximately 8:14 a.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and Arlington County Fire Department were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 3900 block of Fairfax Parkway in the Lincolnia section of Fairfax County.
Units arrived on scene to find smoke showing from the front of a one-story, single family home. Firefighters quickly located and extinguished a fire in the kitchen area of the home.
The fire was discovered by an occupant of the home when she was awakened by the smell of smoke. One smoke alarm was located in the basement but it did not have a battery installed. All occupants evacuated prior to fire department arrival. One of the adults suffered a minor injury after leaving the house. He was treated on scene and was not transported to a medical facility. No other civilian or firefighter injuries were reported.
Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and originated in the kitchen. The cause of the fire was lightweight combustible items left on a stovetop. The day before the fire, the stovetop had been in use when the house lost electricity due to a storm. The burner was not turned off before the occupants of the home went to sleep. Electricity was restored while the occupants were asleep and the burner began heating the combustible materials.
Two adults and two children were displaced as a result of the fire. Red Cross assistance was requested and accepted.
Damages as a result of the fire were estimated at approximately $62,500.
Each year, Firehouse Magazine compiles a list of the busiest fire and rescue stations and various units in the nation. Your Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department has placed in the Top 50 in several categories for 2016.
You might be interested to learn that:
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue is the 31st busiest fire and rescue department in the country responding to 100,712 calls for assistance.
Fairfax County Fire Station 11, Penn Daw, is the 36th busiest fire and rescue station in the country responding to 11,256 calls for assistance.
Rescue Squad 426 (Edsall Road) is the 41st busiest Heavy Rescue unit in the country responding to 1,744 calls for assistance.
HazMat 440 (Fairfax Center) is the 19th busiest Hazardous Materials unit in the country responding to 541 calls for assistance.
EMS Officer 404 is the 39th busiest unit in the country responding to 1,808 emergency medical calls for assistance.