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

Electrical Malfunction Causes Groveton Apartment Fire

On Monday, November 13, at approximately 1:38 p.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and the City of Alexandria Fire Department were dispatched for a reported apartment fire in the 6500 block of Tower Drive in the Groveton section of Fairfax County.  

Units arrived on scene and observed smoke coming from the roof of a four-story apartment building. Crews quickly located and extinguished a small kitchen fire in a third floor apartment. 

There were no occupants in the apartment at the time of the fire. The fire was reported by a resident of the apartment building who saw smoke coming from an apartment and called 9-1-1.  

Fire Investigators determined that the fire started in the kitchen area and was accidental in nature. The cause of the fire was an electrical malfunction within a double wall switch that extended into the wall.  

Three adults were displaced as a result of the fire. Red Cross services were offered and declined as the apartment complex is assisting with housing needs. There were no reports of civilian or firefighter injuries.  

Damages as a result of the fire are estimated to be $25,000.

Improper Disposal Of Smoking Materials Causes Belle View Fire

newsupdateOn Sunday, March 16, at approximately 12:01 p.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and the City of Alexandria Fire Department were dispatched for a reported fire in an apartment building in the 6600 block of Wakefield Drive in the Belle View section of Fairfax County.

Units from Fire Station 11, Penn Daw, arrived on scene and reported smoke showing from the roof area of a nine-story apartment building. A second alarm was immediately requested. Firefighters located and extinguished a fire on the building’s roof top wooden deck.

The building was occupied at the time of the fire. A resident discovered the fire on the roof top and alerted all occupants by activating the fire alarm. The occupants were in the process of self-evacuating when fire department units arrived.

No occupants were displaced due to the fire. Red Cross assistance was not needed. There were no civilian injuries. One firefighter was transported to the hospital for medical evaluation.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire started on the exterior roof top on a wooden deck and was accidental in nature. The cause of the fire was due to improper disposal of smoking materials. Damages are approximately $10,000.

This fire was the second fire on Sunday, April 16 that was caused by the improper disposal of smoking materials.

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:

  • 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.

Bailey’s Crossroads Apartment Fire Goes to Two Alarms

On Sunday, January 1, at approximately 7:50 p.m., units from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, the City of Alexandria Fire Department, and the Arlington County Fire Department were dispatched to the 3700 block of South George Mason Drive, in the Bailey’s Crossroads area of Fairfax County, for a report of an apartment fire. 

The first arriving units reported fire showing from the balcony of an apartment located on the 25th floor of a 26-story building. A second alarm was immediately requested to bring additional resources to the scene.

Once arriving on the 25th floor, firefighters located the fire a bedroom in an apartment. The fire had extended to the apartment directly above on the 26th floor. The fire was extinguished in both apartments in approximately 20 minutes. There were no reported injuries to residents or firefighters.

Occupants were alerted to the fire by an odor of smoke in the apartment. There were no smoke alarms observed in the apartment. Red Cross was called to the scene to assist the occupants of the affected apartments. A total of six occupants from two units were displaced as a result of the fire.

Fire Investigators determined the fire started in the bedroom of apartment on the 25th floor. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Total damages as a result of the fire were estimated to be $67,500.00.  

Bailey’s Crossroads Apartment Fire Goes to Two Alarms