Improper Disposal Of Fireplace Ashes Cause Of Fairfax Station House Fire

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On Sunday, December 31, at approximately 6:06 a.m., units were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 6100 block of Housatonic Court in the Fairfax Station section of Fairfax County.

Units arrived to find a two-story, split-level home and observed fire coming from the first floor and rear deck and extending to the roof. Crews quickly extinguished the bulk of fire from the outside and then entered the home to extinguish the remaining fire.

Several people driving by called 9-1-1. One of the home’s four occupants discovered the fire on the exterior of the home. They all evacuated prior to the smoke alarms sounding and arrival of fire department.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started on the rear deck of the home. The cause of the fire was improperly discarded fireplace ashes.

Two adults and two children were displaced as a result of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and declined. One adult male received a minor injury to his foot while escaping the fire. He declined treatment and transport. There were no other reported injuries to civilians or firefighters.

Damages as a result of the fire are approximately $125,000.

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department would like to remind all residents to be cautious and keep safety in mind when handling fireplace ashes. Following a few simple safety tips can help keep you and your loved ones safe.

  • Do not discard your ashes into any combustible container such as a paper or plastic bag, a cardboard box, or a plastic trash can.
  • Do not place ash containers on decks, porches, or in garages.
  • Put ashes into a non-combustible metal container with a lid.
  • Pour water into the container to make sure the ashes are cool.
  • Keep your can OUTSIDE the home, away from your fireplace or stove and anything combustible.
  • Teach all family members to be safe with ashes from your fireplace or wood stove.

Candle Causes Merrifield Apartment Fire

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On Monday, December 25 at approximately 8:19 p.m., units were dispatched for a reported garden apartment fire in the 2900 block of Charing Cross Road in the Merrifield section of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on scene to find smoke visible from the front of a three-story, garden apartment. Crews quickly located the fire and initiated an aggressive attack to extinguish it.

There was one occupant home at the time of the fire. The occupant attempted to extinguish the fire prior to evacuating the apartment and then calling 9-1-1.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in one of the rooms. The cause of the fire was when the occupant accidently knocked over a candle which fell on top of a futon.

The occupant was assessed by paramedics and transported to an area hospital for a checkup. There were no other reported injuries to civilians or firefighters. Red Cross assistance was offered and declined. One person was displaced as a result of this fire.

Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $25,000.

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department would like to remind residents that the improper use of candles can result in catastrophe. To avoid the dangers of fire while burning candles, please follow the safety tips listed below:

◾Never leave burning candles unattended

◾Keep all combustible materials away from open flames

◾Do not burn candles near windows or doorways

◾Place candles in glass or ceramic containers

◾Place candles on a flat, sturdy non-combustible surface

◾Never leave candles burning when children or pets are present

Springfield House Fire Displaces Four

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.

 

Fire Investigators Asking For Public’s Assistance

 

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department’s Fire and Hazardous Materials Investigative Services (FHMIS) section is currently investigating a fire at 5424 Ox Road involving a church sign. The incident occurred on September 13, 2017 at 10:54 a.m.

Investigators believe numerous people may have driven by the fire and may have information to assist us in solving this case. FHMIS is asking anyone who may have observed the fire to contact the Fire Marshal’s Office at 703-246-4874.

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Tysons Elevator Rescue

On Wednesday, December 13 at approximately 6:37 p.m., units were dispatched for a person stuck in an elevator in the 1700 block of Tysons Boulevard in the Tysons Corner section of Fairfax County.

Units from Fire Station 29, Tysons Corner, arrived on scene, located the elevator and found it to be 35 feet below the 11th floor landing in a blind shaft. Contact was made with the occupant who reported no injuries. Power was controlled to the elevator and a Technical Rescue Operations Team (TROT) response was requested.

An elevator technician arrived and took control of surrounding elevator cars. A plan was devised to lower another elevator car down to the stalled car and remove the individual through the roof hatch. Several crew members went to the 12th floor and set up a lowering system for occupant removal. Two personnel went with the elevator technician to the stalled elevator car and made access to the individual through the roof hatch, secured him in a harness and safely moved him into the “rescue” elevator car.

The “rescue” car descended to the lobby where the occupant was assessed by EMS crews as a precaution.