Improperly Discarded Smoking Materials Cause Lake Barcroft House Fire

On Friday, June 14, at approximately 2:30 p.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue, City of Alexandria, and Arlington County Fire Departments were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 6300 block of Columbia Pike in the Lake Barcroft area of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on the scene of a two-story, single-family home with fire showing from the front and roof of the home. Crews rapidly went to work to control and eventually extinguish the fire. A second alarm was requested shortly after arrival. There were no firefighter or civilian injuries reported.

There were two occupants home at the time of the fire. A passerby saw smoke coming from the rear of the home, alerted the occupants inside, and called 9-1-1. The occupants self-evacuated prior to fire department arrival. 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 rear deck.  The cause of the fire was improperly discarded smoking materials.

A total of four occupant were displaced because of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and declined. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $218,500.

Oakton House Fire Displaces Two

On Saturday, June 1, at approximately 7:13 p.m., units were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 11200 block of Timberline Drive in the Oakton area of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on scene of a two-story, single home to find two vehicles on fire inside of an attached garage. The fire extended from the garage to the house. Crews rapidly deployed multiple fire hose lines to halt the spread of fire to all levels of the home. The fire was quickly brought under control. There were no civilian injuries. One firefighter was transported to an area hospital with a minor injury.

No occupants were home at the time of the fire. A passer-by saw flames coming from the garage and called 9-1-1. Smoke alarms were present and did sound.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental and started in the engine compartment of a vehicle parked inside the attached garage.

Two occupants have been displaced as a result of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and declined. Damages because of the fire were approximately $120,400.

Improperly Discarded Wood Chips From Grill Cause Lake Barcroft House Fire

On Tuesday, May 28, at approximately 1:10 a.m., units were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 6400 block of Queen Anne Terrace in the Lake Barcroft area of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on scene of a one-story, single family home to find a car on fire inside of an attached carport with fire extending to the house and roof. Crews rapidly advanced two fire hose lines and quickly extinguished the fire. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries.

Four occupants were home at the time of the fire. Neighbors were woken up by their dog, looked out the window and noticed an orange glow. Upon further investigation, the neighbors saw the house was on fire, woke up the occupants of the home, and called 9-1-1. Smoke alarms were present but sounded after the fire was discovered.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started on the exterior of the car port. The cause of the fire was improperly discarded wood chips from a grill that were placed in a trash can.

Four occupants were displaced because of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and declined. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $128,050.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue reminds all residents that after grilling though coals/wood chips may appear to be cool, always soak them with water in a metal container with lid. Coals retain enough heat to reignite for days after the fire.

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Overloaded Circuit Causes Springfield House Fire

On Thursday, May 16, at approximately 8:57 a.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and the City of Alexandria Fire Department were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 5500 block of Sheldon Drive in the Springfield area of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on scene of a two-story, single family home with fire showing from an attached garage. The fire extended into the living area of the home. Crews worked quickly to extinguish the fire. There were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries.

One occupant was home at the time of the fire. The occupant discovered the fire and self-evacuated prior to fire department arrival. There were smoke alarms in the home, however, they did not work as they did not have batteries.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in a bedroom adjacent to the garage. The cause of the fire was an overloaded circuit which caused high resistant heating in the electrical wiring.

Four occupants were displaced because of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and accepted. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $73,750.

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Electrical Malfunction Sparks House Fire

On Wednesday, May 15, at approximately 8:59 a.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and Arlington County Fire Department were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 3100 block of Dashiell Road in the Westlawn section of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on scene and reported fire and smoke showing from the rear of a two-story, single family home. Crews worked quickly to extinguish the fire, which was primarily on the outside of the house with some extension inside. There were no firefighter or civilian injuries reported. Sadly, two dogs were found perished inside the home.

No occupants were home at the time of the fire. The fire was discovered by a neighbor who called 9-1-1. Smoke alarms were present, but it is unknown if they activated.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started on the rear covered deck. The cause of the fire was an electrical malfunction involving a refrigerator.

Two adults and two juveniles were displaced because of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and accepted. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $143,750.

The below video was taken by a local resident but only AFTER 9-1-1 was called by the individual to report the fire.

 

Improperly Discarded Smoking Materials Start Seven Recent Fires Causing Over $231K In Damages! FCFRD Urge Residents Who Smoke To “Sink It Or Soak It!”

Improperly discarded smoking materials is one of the leading cause of fire in Fairfax County. So far in 2019, there have been seven fires caused by improperly discarded smoking materials! Monetary damages for the seven fires was approximately $231,425!

All seven fires were totally preventable! In two of the fires, the presence of fire sprinklers undoubtedly saved lives and property.  Another fire necessitated the rescue of an eleven-year-old child by firefighters which averted tragedy.

If you smoke, please take a moment to learn how to prevent starting a fire. Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department urges all residents who smoke to “Sink It or Soak It!” and prevent careless fires!Sink It PREVENT CARELESS FIRE

  • 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.

Learn more about some of the recent fires:

Improper Disposal of Smoking Materials Causes Dunn Loring House Fire

Improperly Discarded Smoking Materials Cause Annandale Nursing Home Fire

Improperly Discarded Cigarettes Cause Rose Hill House Fire

Improperly Discarded Smoking Materials Cause Springfield House Fire

Malfunctioning Box Fan Causes Herndon House Fire

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On Thursday, November 22, at approximately 3:38 a.m., units responded to a reported house fire in the 600 block of Stuart Court in the Town of Herndon.

Units arrived on scene of a two-story, single-family home with no visible sign of smoke or fire. Crews quickly located a fire in the attic space above the garage. Firefighters worked aggressively to extinguish the fire. No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported.

A total of four occupants and two visitors were present at the time of the fire. One of the occupants awoke to flickering lights and an odor of smoke. The occupant alerted the others and called 9-1-1. The six occupants self-evacuated prior to fire department arrival. Working smoke alarms were installed but did not activate due to location of the fire.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in the attic space over the garage. The cause of the fire was a malfunctioning box fan located in the attic.

Four residents of the home were displaced because of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and accepted. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $75,000.