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.

 

 

 

Girls Fire and Rescue Academy Summer Camp Now Accepting Applications

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The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department is excited to announce its Girls Fire and Rescue Academy summer camp, which will take place July 9 – 13, 2018. The Academy is open to female students who will be freshmen, sophomores, or juniors in the upcoming 2018-2019 school year. Participants must be a Fairfax County resident.

Academy participants will take part in a five day program full of fun-filled experiences, physical training, classes and Fire/EMS simulations. They will also have an opportunity to visit a Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Station to experience the everyday life of a Firefighter/EMT. Campers will have a chance to interact, ask questions and eat dinner with the on-duty crew.

The program is completely free of charge. The Academy will be limited to 24 applicants, so apply today! To apply, please click on the link below and follow the instructions.

All applications must be received by close of business on Friday, April 20, 2018.

For more information, and to register, please see below.

Girls Fire & Rescue Academy 2018 Application Packet

Girls Fire & Rescue Academy 2018 Flyer

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. 

 

 

 

Have Two Ways Out

It is the middle of the night and you are suddenly awakened by your smoke alarm. You notice some smoke in your bedroom. What do you do next?

The answer is easy: Get Out and Stay Out!

However, before that occurs it is important you develop, and practice, a home fire escape plan! The video below, from our partners in safety at the United States Fire Administration, will help guide you.

In addition, please go to our website and the Family Escape Plan which provides a grid and further guidance on developing a home escape plan.

 

Smoke Alarm Alerts Occupants To Herndon Townhouse Fire

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On Sunday, January 21, at approximately 4:01 p.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and the Metropolitan Airport Authority Fire and Rescue Department were dispatched for a reported townhouse fire in the 2400 block of Corn Crib Court in the Herndon section of Fairfax County. 

Units arrived on scene to find smoke showing from the second floor window of a middle unit, three-story townhouse. Firefighters discovered a fire in a bedroom on the second floor. Crews quickly contained and extinguished the fire.  

Seven occupants were home at the time of the fire. Occupants were alerted to the fire by a smoke alarm located in the second floor hallway. All occupants safely evacuated the home and called 9-1-1. 

Fire Investigators determined that the fire started in a second floor bedroom. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.  

Red Cross assistance was requested and accepted. Seven occupants were displaced as a result of the fire. There were no firefighter or civilian injuries reported. 

Damages as a result of the fire are estimated to be $50,000. The fire damage was limited to the second floor.

Close Before You Doze

Did you know: Because of synthetic materials, furniture and construction, fire spreads faster than ever before.*  

You do know how important it is to have working smoke alarms, escape plans, and a designated meeting place in case of a fire. Closing your doors is also important for your safety. Closed doors can reduce fire growth, limit damage to your home, keep temperatures down, and can even save your life if you become trapped. 

If there is a fire in your home and you can implement your home escape plan to get out – get out! But if you can’t, a closed door could make a life-saving difference.

Our friends at the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) are working hard to keep firefighters, and residents, safer from fire. They have developed the Close Before You Doze campaign. Please take a moment to view the video below to learn more.

*NIST Technical Note 1455-1, February 2008

Improper Disposal Of Fireplace Ashes Cause Of Fairfax Station House Fire

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On Sunday, December 31, at approximately 6:06 a.m., units were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 6100 block of Housatonic Court in the Fairfax Station section of Fairfax County.

Units arrived to find a two-story, split-level home and observed fire coming from the first floor and rear deck and extending to the roof. Crews quickly extinguished the bulk of fire from the outside and then entered the home to extinguish the remaining fire.

Several people driving by called 9-1-1. One of the home’s four occupants discovered the fire on the exterior of the home. They all evacuated prior to the smoke alarms sounding and arrival of fire department.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started on the rear deck of the home. The cause of the fire was improperly discarded fireplace ashes.

Two adults and two children were displaced as a result of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and declined. One adult male received a minor injury to his foot while escaping the fire. He declined treatment and transport. There were no other reported injuries to civilians or firefighters.

Damages as a result of the fire are approximately $125,000.

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department would like to remind all residents to be cautious and keep safety in mind when handling fireplace 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.