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.
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.
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
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.
On Sunday, October 8, at approximately 2:38 a.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and the Alexandria City Fire Department responded for a reported townhouse fire in the 2700 block of Carter Farm Court in the Hybla Valley section of Fairfax County.
Units arrived on scene and reported fire showing from the rear of a two-story, middle unit townhouse. Crews quickly advanced fire hose to the rear of the unit and extinguished the fire.
The occupants were not home at the time of the fire. The fire was discovered by a neighbor who then called 9-1-1.
Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started on the rear deck. The fire was caused by improperly discarded smoking materials.
A total of four occupants were displaced as a result of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered but declined. There were no reported civilian or fire fighter injuries.
Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $197,500.
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:
- Never dispose of cigarette butts in potted planting soil. The soil, when it gets too dry, can become highly flammable.
- 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.
Fire Prevention Week is this week and runs through Saturday, October 14. This year’s theme for Fire Prevention Week is: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!”
Check out the video from Sparky the Fire Dog below.
Please also take the time to develop a home fire escape plan. Below are links to two documents that will provide a template and all of the information you need!
Escape Planning – Activity Fun Sheet for Adults and Children
Home Escape Planning
It is National Chimney Safety Week! While it has probably not been cold enough to start a fire in your fire place or wood stove, that time is coming soon.
If you use a wood-burning stove or fireplace, make sure your chimney is clean and in good working order by having a licensed chimney sweep clean and inspect your chimney. This should be done at least once a year or possibly more if you use your fireplace or wood-burning stove frequently.
A dirty flue in your chimney can eventually result in a chimney fire that can spread to your home and cause significant damage. Please also make sure you use your fireplace or wood-burning stove safely and follow the recommended safety tips below.
- Never discard hot ashes inside or near the home. Place them in a covered metal container outside and well away from the house.
- If you use a wood-burning stove or fireplace, have a licensed chimney sweep clean and inspect your chimney at least once a year.
- Place a glass or metal spark screen in front of the fireplace and install caps on chimneys.
- Never use a flammable liquid (gasoline, kerosene, lighter fluid, etc.) to start a fire or rekindle a small one.
- Keep paper, clothing, trash, and other combustibles at least three feet away from your furnace, hot water heater, or wood-burning device.