Electrical Malfunction Causes West Springfield Townhouse Fire

8800 block of Surveyors Place2On Friday, July 6, at approximately 10:13 p.m., units were dispatched for a reported townhouse fire in the 8800 block of Surveyors Place in the West Springfield area of Fairfax County.  

Units arrived on scene of a two-story, middle unit townhouse with fire showing from the rear of the home. Crews discovered a fire in the basement that extended to the upper floors. The fire was quickly brought under control. There were no reported firefighter or civilian injuries. 

There were seven occupants home at the time of the fire. Two adult occupants saw smoke coming from the backyard deck moments before the smoke alarm sounded. One occupant called 9-1-1. All occupants self-evacuated the townhouse prior to fire and rescue arrival. 

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started under the backyard deck. The cause of the fire was a malfunction with the air conditioner unit. An arc event occurred, which subsequently ignited nearby combustibles.  

Seven occupants were displaced because of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and accepted. Damages as a result of the fire were estimated to be $193,750. Approximately $30,000 of that total is the result of fire damage to a townhouse next door.

Vehicle Crashes And Fires Equal A Busy Day For C-Shift Crews

Thursday, July 5 was a hot and busy day for your Fairfax County Firefighters and Paramedics of C-Shift. Several significant incidents occurred that involved vehicles. Highlighted below are three incidents along with photos from each scene. Each also underscore the variety of emergency responses and unique challenges your firefighters and paramedics face each day.

At approximately 1:12 p.m., units were dispatched to the 800 block of Maple Avenue East in Vienna for a report of a recycling truck on fire. The driver noticed smoke and fire from the top of the truck and called 9-1-1. Engine 402, Vienna, arrived on scene and, with the assistance of the driver, unloaded the contents of the truck to facilitate quicker extinguishment of the fire as well as saving the truck itself from damage. The fire was quickly contained and extinguished though operations were complicated by the excessive heat and humidity. Units from Station 29, Tysons Corner and Station 13, Dunn Loring, were also on scene to assist.

 

At approximately 1:38 p.m., units were dispatched for a report of a two-vehicle collision on Northbound Route 29 to Northbound Fairfax County Parkway. Engine 422, Springfield, and Engine 405, Franconia, were training at the fire and rescue academy nearby, saw smoke in the area and immediately responded. Units arrived on scene and reported one vehicle engulfed in fire. All occupants were safely out of both vehicles involved. The fire was quickly extinguished. There were no reported injuries.

At approximately 5:58 p.m., units were dispatched for a vehicle crash on I-66 Westbound just prior to Route 28. Units arrived on scene to find an overturned vehicle off on the side of the road with one person trapped. Crews from Fire Station 21, Fair Oaks, C-Shift work diligently to quickly free the driver. The driver was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries.

Electrical Event Causes West Falls Church House Fire

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On Thursday, July 5, at approximately 5:44 a.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and the Arlington County Fire Department were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 3100 block of Wayne Road in the West Falls Church area of Fairfax County.  

Units arrived on the scene and observed fire coming from the rear of a two-story, single family home. Crews quickly extinguished the fire, which had spread to the exterior siding of the house. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries. 

Three occupants were home at the time of the fire. The fire was discovered by the occupants, one of whom called 9-1-1. Smoke alarms did not activate due to the outside location of the fire. 

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in the rear of the home on the exterior siding. The fire was caused by an electrical event in the air conditioner junction box. 

Three occupants were displaced because of the fire. Red Cross services were offered and declined. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $30,000.

 

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Electrical Malfunction Causes Centreville Pool House Fire

On Monday, July 2 at approximately 11:19 p.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and Prince William County Fire and Rescue were dispatched for a building fire in the 14300 block of Green Trails Boulevard in the Centreville area of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on scene to find fire showing on the outside of a one-story, pool house that was extending into the attic. Crews rapidly began extinguishing the fire from the outside. They then transitioned to the interior and attic space of the pool house to put the fire out. There were no reported civilian injuries and one firefighter was transported to an area hospital for evaluation of a minor injury.

The building was unoccupied the time of the fire. The fire was discovered by a passerby who then called 9-1-1.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started on the exterior of the pool house. The cause of the fire was an electrical malfunction involving the wiring in the HVAC disconnect junction box.

No one was displaced due to the fire. Red Cross services were not needed. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $125,000.