Week 11 is in the books for Recruit School 143! Lead Instructor for the recruits, Lieutenant Monroe, provided an update on the class yesterday, December 29. He also shows you, and explains, the training on self-contained breathing apparatus the recruits received this past week.
On Thursday, December 21 at approximately 8:13 p.m., units were dispatched for a report of a house fire in the 7400 block of Nancemond Street in the Springfield section of Fairfax County.
Units arrived on scene to find a two-story, split level style single family home with heavy fire and smoke showing from the first and second floors. A second alarm was immediately requested to bring additional resources to the scene to aid in the control of the fire. Crews initiated an aggressive exterior attack on the fire before transitioning to an interior attack to extinguish it.
There were two occupants home who discovered the fire. Both occupants safely evacuated prior to the arrival of the fire department. There were working smoke alarms in the home which activated after the occupants discovered the fire.
Fire Investigators determined that the fire started in an enclosed porch located in the rear of the home. The cause of this fire is currently under investigation.
There were four adults that were displaced due to the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and accepted. There were no reports of civilian or fire-fighter injuries. Sadly, a family dog did perish in the fire.
Damages as a result of the fire are estimated to be $293,975.
On Monday, November 13, at approximately 1:38 p.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and the City of Alexandria Fire Department were dispatched for a reported apartment fire in the 6500 block of Tower Drive in the Groveton section of Fairfax County.
Units arrived on scene and observed smoke coming from the roof of a four-story apartment building. Crews quickly located and extinguished a small kitchen fire in a third floor apartment.
There were no occupants in the apartment at the time of the fire. The fire was reported by a resident of the apartment building who saw smoke coming from an apartment and called 9-1-1.
Fire Investigators determined that the fire started in the kitchen area and was accidental in nature. The cause of the fire was an electrical malfunction within a double wall switch that extended into the wall.
Three adults were displaced as a result of the fire. Red Cross services were offered and declined as the apartment complex is assisting with housing needs. There were no reports of civilian or firefighter injuries.
Damages as a result of the fire are estimated to be $25,000.
Saturday, October 14 was a fantastic day in all Fairfax County Fire and Rescue fire stations as we held our annual Open House event. Many County residents stopped by their local fire station to meet the firefighters that serve them, get an up close look at the fire trucks and equipment, learn about fire safety, and just generally have a fun time!
As part of Open House, there is a competition among all the fire stations to win the “Best Open House” award. The award is given to a fire station in each of our seven battalions that best highlights this year’s Fire Prevention Week Theme along with being creative and making sure all visitors had a really good time.
Each Battalion Chief was responsible for judging the fire stations in their battalion. The competition was tough as each station did a fantastic job putting on a great open house for those we serve. However, one station in each battalion had to win and here are the stations that won:
Battalion One: Fire Station 39 – North Point
Battalion Two: Fire Station 2 – Vienna
Battalion Three: Fire Station 17 – Centreville
Battalion Four: Fire Station 8 – Annandale
Battalion Five: Fire Station 5 – Franconia
Battalion Six: Fire Station 11 – Penn Daw
Battalion Seven: Fire Station 14 – Burke
On Monday, October 2, at approximately 10:57 a.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and the Washington Metropolitan Airport Authority Fire and Rescue Department responded to a reported townhouse fire in the 11500 block of Hearthstone Court in the Reston section of Fairfax County.
Units arrived on scene and reported smoke showing from a two-story, middle unit townhouse. Crews quickly located and extinguished a fire in the basement of the townhouse. Firefighters rescued two cats from the home and reunited them with their owners.
Two adult occupants were home at the time of the fire. The fire was discovered when the occupants investigated an explosive sounding noise in the home and found the house filling with smoke. The occupants safely evacuated and called 9-1-1. A smoke alarm in the basement did activate.
Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in the basement. The fire was caused by an incandescent lamp too close to combustible materials.
There were no civilian or firefighter injuries reported. Red Cross assistance was offered and accepted. Two adults and three teenage children were displaced as a result of the fire.
Damages as a result of the fire were estimated to be $90,000.
On Monday, September 18, at approximately 11:49 p.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and the City of Alexandria Fire Department were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 4100 block of Ivanhoe Lane in the Rose Hill section of Fairfax County.
Units arrived on scene with smoke showing from the front of a one-story, single family home. Firefighters quickly found and extinguished a fire in the garage.
Five occupants were home at the time of the fire. One of the occupants was alerted by the sound of the garage door opening. Upon investigating the noise, he discovered a fire in the garage and used a fire extinguisher to extinguish part of the fire. Another occupant used a garden hose to assist with containing the fire.
There was one smoke alarm in the house and that did not activate. Firefighters installed three smoke alarms in the home prior to leaving.
Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in the garage. The cause of the fire was an overloaded electrical outlet.
There were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries. Red Cross assistance was offered and declined.
Damages as a result of the fire are estimated to be $12,000.
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.