Malfunctioning Blender Sparks Newington Townhouse Fire

On Friday, October 20, at approximately 4:50 p.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and Fort Belvoir Fire and Emergency Services were dispatched to a reported townhouse fire in the 7700 block of Lemoyne Lane in the Newington section of Fairfax County. 

Units arrived on scene and reported a fire in the basement of a two-story, end unit townhouse. The fire had begun to spread up the side of the townhouse through a basement window. Crews quickly went to work extinguishing the fire. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the basement and prevented it from spreading to the other floors in the home.  

Four occupants were home at the time of the fire. The fire was discovered by an occupant prior to the activation of the smoke alarms. He alerted the rest of the occupants who were able to safely evacuate prior to the fire department’s arrival.  

Fire Investigators determined that this fire was accidental in nature and started in the basement. The cause of the fire was determined to be a malfunctioning blender. 

A total of six occupants were displaced as a result of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and declined. There were no reports of civilian or firefighter injuries. 

Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $303,562.

 

 

 

 

 

And The Open House Winners Are………

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

 

Improperly Discarded Smoking Materials Cause Hybla Valley Townhouse Fire

On Sunday, October 8, at approximately 2:38 a.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and the Alexandria City Fire Department responded for a reported townhouse fire in the 2700 block of Carter Farm Court in the Hybla Valley section of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on scene and reported fire showing from the rear of a two-story, middle unit townhouse. Crews quickly advanced fire hose to the rear of the unit and extinguished the fire.

The occupants were not home at the time of the fire. The fire was discovered by a neighbor who then called 9-1-1.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started on the rear deck. The fire was caused by improperly discarded smoking materials.

A total of four occupants were displaced as a result of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered but declined. There were no reported civilian or fire fighter injuries.

Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $197,500.

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department would like to remind all residents who smoke to 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.
  • 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.

 

 

Two Cats Rescued From Reston Townhouse Fire

 

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.

 

Overloaded Electrical Outlet Causes Rose Hill House Fire

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.

 

 

 

 

Smoke Alarm Alerts Burke Residents To Townhouse Fire

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On Sunday, September 10, at approximately 2:13 a.m., units were dispatched for a reported fire in a townhome in the 6000 block of Ticonderoga Court in the Burke section of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on scene to find a two-story, middle of the row townhouse with smoke showing from the roof. Firefighters located a fire in the basement of the home and quickly brought it under control. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries reported. Unfortunately, one canine was found deceased in the home.

A smoke alarm woke up an occupant of the home who then discovered the fire. That occupant alerted the other occupants of the home. All occupants evacuated prior to fire department arrival.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in the laundry/utility room in the basement. The fire was caused when lint inside a dryer vent ignited due to restricted air flow.

A total of five occupants were displaced as a result of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and accepted.

Damages are estimated to be approximately $62,500.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue would also like to remind all residents about clothes dryer safety:

  • Clean the lint filter before or after each use. Don’t forget to clean the back of the dryer where lint can be trapped. Remove accumulated lint around the drum.
  • Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional.
  • Do not operate the dryer without a lint filter.
  • The interior of the dryer and venting system should be cleaned periodically by qualified service personnel. If you notice the drying time is longer, clean the vent system thoroughly to ensure proper airflow.
  • Replace plastic, vinyl, and aluminum foil venting with rigid or flexible metal venting.
  • Ensure the air exhaust bent pipe is unrestricted and the outdoor vent flap opens when the dryer operates.
  • Make sure the right plug and outlet are used and the machine is connected properly.
  • Do not leave a dryer running if you leave home or when you go to bed.
  • Do not dry clothing/fabric on or near anything flammable (alcohol, cooking oils, gasoline, spot removers, dry-cleaning solvents, etc.). Flammable substances give off vapors that could ignite or explode.
  • Keep the dryer area clear of things that can burn, such as boxes or clothing.
  • Keep dryers in good working order. Gas dryers should be inspected by a professional to ensure the gas line and connection are intact and free of leaks.

Electrical Malfunction Causes Annandale House Fire

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On Monday, September 4, at approximately 5:29 p.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and the City of Fairfax Fire Department were dispatched to a report of a house fire in the 4000 block of King Arthur Road in the Annandale section of Fairfax County.   

Units arrived on the scene to find smoke showing from a two-story, single family home. Firefighters quickly located the fire to be in the garage. Crews accessed the garage and rapidly extinguished the fire. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries reported.  

Two occupants were home at the time of the fire. They discovered the fire prior to the smoke alarms activating and immediately evacuated the home. 

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in the garage. The fire was caused by an electrical malfunction within the main electric panel.  

Both occupants were displaced as a result of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and declined.

Damages as a result of the fire is estimated to be approximately $87,500.