Can Your Fire Place Ashes!

Thinking of building a fire in your fire place this weekend? Please make sure you do so safely! Every fall/winter, we experience several home fires that were caused by improperly discarded fire place ashes. A totally preventable and unnecessary fire!

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department would like to remind all residents to be cautious and keep safety in mind when handling fire place 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.
    • Ashes can stay hot for several days. Follow the above steps even when you wait several days to remove the ashes from the fireplace.

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Radiant Heat Ignites Lincolnia Townhouse Fire

 

On Thursday, November 15 at approximately 8:22 p.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and the City of Alexandria Fire Department were dispatched for a reported townhouse fire in the 6500 block of Zoysia Court in the Lincolnia area of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on the scene of a two-story, middle unit townhouse with fire showing from the rear of the home. The fire involved all three floors and was extending into the attic area. Crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire. There were no reports of civilian or firefighter injuries.

There were two occupants home at the time of the fire. One of the occupants discovered the fire and called 9-1-1. Smoke alarms activated after the occupant discovered the fire.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started within the fireplace chase at the terrace level. The fire was caused when radiant heat from the fire box ignited the structural components within the fireplace chase.

A total of 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.

Kings Park House Fire Goes To Two Alarms

 

 

On Tuesday, November 6, at approximately 9:32 a.m., units were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 8400 block of Thames Street in the Kings Park area of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on scene of a two-story, single family home with smoke showing. A significant amount of fire could also be seen towards the rear of the home. A second alarm was requested. Crews quickly proceeded to bring the fire under control. There were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries.

There was one occupant home at the time of the fire. The homeowner discovered the fire while investigating the early activation of the dryer’s automatic timer. She was able to evacuate to a neighbor’s home and call 9-1-1. Smoke alarms sounded after the fire was discovered.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in the hallway laundry area. The cause of the fire is an electrical event within the dryer.

Two people were displaced because of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and accepted. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $216,250.

Got To Smoke It? Sink It Or Soak It!

Improperly discarded smoking materials is one of the leading cause of fire in Fairfax County. On May 2nd alone there were three major, multiple alarm fires caused by improperly discarded smoking materials. Monetary damages for those three fires was in excess of $13 Million! 

The three fires were totally preventable! If you smoke, please take a moment to learn how to prevent starting a fire.

 

Sully District House Fire Causes Over $93K In Damages

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On Tuesday, August 7, at approximately 2:38 a.m., units were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 13100 block of Rover Glen Court in the Sully District of Fairfax County.

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

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 sounded.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in the first-floor kitchen area. The cause of the fire involved a surge protector supplying power to various personal electronic devices.

One adult was displaced because of the fire. Red Cross services were offered and declined. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $93,750.

Electrical Event Causes Great Falls House Fire

On Wednesday, May 30, at approximately 10:55 a.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and Loudoun County Fire and Rescue were dispatched for a house fire in the 900 block of Holly Blossom Court in the Great Falls area of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on the scene of a two-story, single family home with significant fire in an attached garage. The fire extended into the main house. Crews quickly used fire hose to extinguish the garage fire. Additional fire hose was advanced into the house to stop the fire from spreading further. A second alarm was requested to bring additional resources to the scene. One occupant was evaluated for a minor injury and declined transportation to a hospital. Three firefighters sustained minor injuries. One was treated on scene and two were transported and released from the hospital.

One occupant was home at the time of the fire. The occupant saw smoke coming from the rear garage door. Upon investigation, a fire was discovered in the garage. Simultaneously, a neighbor saw fire coming from the garage and called 9-1-1. Smoke alarms sounded after the fire was discovered.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in the garage. The cause of the fire was an electrical event involving extension cords and a power strip.

A total of two adults have been displaced as a result of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and declined. Damages as a result of the fire are estimated to be $149,500.

 

 

 

Cooking Oil Ignites Greenbriar House Fire

On Sunday, April 1 at approximately 9:16 p.m., units were dispatched to a reported house fire in the 12800 block of Mount Royal Lane in the Greenbriar section of Fairfax County.  

Units arrived on scene of a two-story, single family home with smoke showing from the rear of the house. Crews quickly brought the fire under control despite hoarding conditions found throughout the house. One canine was removed from the home and given oxygen via a pet mask but, unfortunately, did not survive.  

There were two occupants home at the time of the fire. One occupant discovered the fire while cooking on the kitchen stove. She alerted the second occupant prior to the smoke alarms sounding. The occupant then attempted to extinguish the fire. However, the occupant was unsuccessful. Both occupants then self-evacuated the home prior to the arrival of fire department units. 

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in the kitchen. The cause was a flash fire involving cooking oil on the stove top.  

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

One occupant was transported to an area hospital for a check-up. There were no reported firefighter injuries. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $93,750.