Lightning Strike Cause Of Mount Vernon Hotel Fire

On Tuesday, July 7, at approximately 1:13 a.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and Fort Belvoir Fire and Emergency Services were dispatched for a reported hotel fire in the 8600 block of Woodlawn Court in the Mount Vernon area of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on scene to find a four-story hotel with fire evident from the roof. A second alarm was requested. Crews worked simultaneously to evacuate the hotel and extinguish the fire. The fire was contained to the roof. There were no reported firefighter or civilian injuries.

The hotel was occupied with approximately 108 occupants at the time of the fire. One occupant was outside when he noticed fire on the roof. He notified the manager on duty, who then called 9-1-1. Smoke alarms were present but did not sound due to the location of the fire.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was natural in nature and started on the parapet wall on the roof. The cause of the fire was a lightning strike.

108 occupants were displaced because of the fire. Hotel management was assisting all occupants with alternate accommodations. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $100,000.

How To Ensure A Safe And Fun Fourth

The Fourth of July would not be the same without those breathtaking fireworks. However, tragedy can strike within seconds when fireworks are not properly and safely used. Thousands of people are injured each year in the United States due to fireworks.

In addition, improperly discarded used fireworks caused two significant house fires last year after Independence Day celebrations. This year, there have already been two house fires caused by improperly discarded fireworks! See below video for more information on these preventable fires.

Please watch video below as members of the FCFRD Fire and Hazardous Materials Investigative Services Section share tips on how to prevent this type of fire. In addition, they review the dangers of using fireworks and discuss how to use legal fireworks safely.

For more information visit: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fire-ems/fire-marshal/fireworks-and-indoor-pyrotechnics

 

House Fires July 2019

Firework Sparklers Disposed Into Trash Cause McLean House Fire

Improper Disposal Of Used Fireworks Cause Annandale House Fire 

House Fires 2020

Improperly Discarded Fireworks Cause Franklin Farm House Fire

Improperly Discarded Fireworks Cause Centreville House Fire

 

Improperly Discarded Fireworks Cause Franklin Farm House Fire

On Sunday, June 13 at approximately 9:46 p.m., units were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 13100 block of Rounding Run Circle in the Franklin Farm area of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on the scene of a two-story, single family home with fire visible from an attached garage. Crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire. There was no extension of the fire to the interior of the home. There were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries.

Four occupants were home at the time of the fire. The occupants noticed smoke and fire coming from the garage. One occupant attempted to extinguish the fire without success.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in the garage. The fire was caused by improperly discarded fireworks.

Four occupants were displaced because of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and declined. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $80,000.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue urge all residents to treat the disposal of used fireworks the same as fireplace ashes. Please place into a metal container, douse with water, place a metal lid on top and place container away from the house.

This is the second house fire this year caused by the improper disposal of fireworks. The first was on April 6, 2020. More: Improperly Discarded Fireworks Cause Centreville House Fire.

Improper Disposal Of Smoking Materials Cause Lorton House Fire

On Friday, June 5 at approximately 9:02 p.m., units were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 7600 block of Pollen Street in the Lorton area of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on the scene of a one-story, single family home with fire evident from the roof. Crews found fire on a deck with extension into the attic. They quickly extinguished the fire. Firefighters rescued a missing cat. The unharmed cat was delivered back to the homeowners. There were no firefighter or civilian injuries reported.

Three occupants were home at the time of the fire. One occupant in the kitchen heard popping noises and, upon investigation, discovered the fire outside on the deck. All occupants self-evacuated and then called 9-1-1. Smoke alarms were present and sounded after the fire was discovered.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started on the deck. The cause of the fire was improper disposal of smoking materials.

Four occupants were displaced because of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and accepted. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $80,000.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department urges all residents who smoke to “Sink It or Sink It PREVENT CARELESS FIRESoak It!” and prevent careless fires! Please keep in mind the below safety tips as it relates to the proper disposal of smoking materials:

  • Never dispose of cigarette butts in potted planting soil. The soil, when it gets too dry, can become highly flammable.
  • Never flick cigarettes into mulch or shrubbery. Dispose of them in a suitable ashtray or bucket with sand. Ensure designated outside smoking areas have an appropriate fireproof container, ashtray or bucket.
  • Completely douse butts and ashes with water before throwing them away, as they can smolder and cause a fire.
  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Provide large, deep ashtrays with a center support for smokers. Check furniture for any dropped ashes before going to bed. Empty ashes into a fireproof container with water and sand.
  • Keep smoking materials away from anything that can burn (i.e., mattresses, bedding, upholstered furniture, draperies, etc.).
  • Never smoke in a home where oxygen is being used.
  • If you smoke, choose fire-safe cigarettes. They are less likely to cause fires.
  • To prevent a deadly cigarette fire, you must be alert. You won’t be if you are sleepy, have been drinking, or have taken medicine or other drugs.
  • Keep matches and lighters up high, out of children’s sight and reach.

Clifton House Fire Caused By Lightning Strike

On Thursday, June 4 at approximately 9:33 p.m., units were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 14000 block of Marleigh Lane in the Clifton area of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on the scene of a two-story, single-family home with fire evident from the roof. Crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire. One firefighter was transported to a hospital for evaluation. There were no civilian injuries reported.

The house was unoccupied at the time of the fire. A neighbor observed fire from the roof and called 9-1-1. It is unknown if smoke alarms activated.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire originated was natural in nature and started on the roof. The cause of the fire was a lightning strike.

Two occupants were displaced because of the fire. Red Cross assistance was not needed. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $92,500.

14000 block of Marleigh Lane

Idylwood House Fire Displaces Four

On Wednesday, May 27 at approximately 8:34 p.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and Arlington County Fire Department were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 7100 block of Shreve Road in the Idylwood area of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on the scene of a two-story, single family home with smoke showing from the roof. Crews located a fire on the first floor and quickly extinguished. There were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries.

Four occupants were home at the time of the fire. The occupants smelled smoke and upon investigation saw fire in the laundry/storage room. All occupants safely evacuated and call 9-1-1. There were working smoke alarms in the home.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire started in the first floor laundry/storage room. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Four occupants were displaced because of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and accepted. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $37,500.

Photos courtesy of M. Clarke.

Herndon Townhouse Fire Displaces Three

On Wednesday, May 27 at approximately 2:01 p.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Fire and Rescue Department were dispatched for a reported townhouse fire in the 13300 block of Schwenger Place in the Herndon area of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on scene of a two-story, middle unit townhouse with fire and smoke showing from first floor that was extending to the second floor. Crews quickly knocked down the bulk of the fire from the exterior before transitioning to an interior attack to extinguish the rest of the fire. There were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries.

Two occupants were home at the time of the fire. One occupant that was upstairs heard popping noises in the kitchen and upon investigation, discovered the fire. Both occupants self-evacuated. One occupant then called 9-1-1. Smoke alarms were present and activated after the fire was discovered.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in the first-floor kitchen. The fire was caused by an electrical malfunction in the wiring for a compact refrigerator.

Three occupants were displaced because of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and accepted. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $93,750.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Graduates Experienced Recruit Class 147 Early to Assist with COVID-19 Pandemic

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department (FCFRD) accelerated the timeline of its experienced recruit class to augment the department’s pandemic response.

On May 22, 2020, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department Chief John Butler presided over a swearing in ceremony of the seven new firefighters and paramedics at the department’s Fire and Rescue Training Academy. The members of Recruit Class 147 graduated as fully certified firefighters and EMTs. These recruits were unique as they came to us as experienced firefighters and attended an abbreviated Basic Training module developed to accommodate and enhance their existing skills. They will begin working at their fire stations on Saturday, May 23.

This is the first experienced firefighter basic training class the department has held in many years. Their historic early graduation comes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The proactive decision to accelerate the timeline came as the department prepared and planned for the continuity of services we provide to our communities. At a later date, the department will have a formal graduation ceremony to celebrate their incredible achievements with family and friends.

“I am extremely proud of these seven recruits who completed their training in the midst of extraordinary circumstances. This is no small feat. I am grateful to have them as part of our FCFRD family. I am excited to have them join forces with our brave firefighters and paramedics already working on the front lines of the county’s COVID-19 pandemic response,” said FCFRD Chief Butler.

 

Bailey’s Crossroads Restaurant Fire Results In $350K In Damage

On Thursday, May 21 at approximately 11:23 a.m., units from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, Arlington County Fire Department and the City of Alexandria Fire Department were dispatched for a reported building fire in the 5200 block of Leesburg Pike in the Bailey’s Crossroads area of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on the scene of a one-story restaurant with fire visible from the roof. Crews quickly located fire in the attic and duct work. The fire was quickly contained and extinguished. There were no reported firefighter or civilian injuries.

Eight employees were in the restaurant at the time of the fire. An employee was alerted to the fire when he noticed an exhaust fan was not working in the restaurant. Upon further investigation fire was observed from the roof. There were working smoke alarms present, however they did not sound due to the location of the fire.

Fire Investigators determined the fire was accidental in nature and started in the plenum space. The cause of the fire was the result of heat escaping from duct work that was over a commercial charcoal cooking appliance, which ignited the nearby roof assembly and parapet wall.

No one was displaced as a result of the fire. Red Cross assistance was not required. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $350,000.

Photos Courtesy of Andrew Pang.

Lincolnia House Fire Displaces Two

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On Wednesday, May 20 at approximately 6:30 p.m., units from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and the City of Alexandria Fire Department were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 4000 block of Braddock Road in the Lincolnia area of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on the scene of a one-story, single family home with smoke visible from the front door and roof. Crews located a fire in the kitchen area and quickly extinguished it. Firefighters also located a dog and removed it to safety. Two firefighters sustained minor injuries while rescuing the dog. No civilian injuries were reported.

No occupants were home at the time of the fire. A passerby knocked on a neighbor’s door and alerted him to the fire. The neighbor called 9-1-1. Smoke alarms were present, but it is unknown if they sounded.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in the kitchen. The fire was caused when the electric range was unintentionally turned “ON” which ignited combustibles that were left on top of the range.

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