Treadmill Causes Reston House Fire

On Wednesday, April 19, at approximately 8:38 a.m., units were dispatched for a report of a house fire in the 2200 block of Marginella Drive in the Reston section of Fairfax County. 

Units arrived on scene to find fire showing from the rear of a two-story, single family house. Firefighters went to work extinguishing a large volume of fire in the back of the home. They were able to bring the fire under control approximately ten minutes after arrival.     

There were two occupants in the house at the time of the fire. One occupant discovered the fire and called 911. The smoke alarms activated after the fire was discovered. Both residents self-evacuated prior to the arrival of the fire department.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire started in the sunroom to the rear of the house. The cause of the fire was accidental in nature, involving a treadmill. 

Damages as a result of the fire are estimated to be approximately $237,466.

Giving Back By Adopting-A-Hydrant

By: Thomas Johnson, Captain I
Fire Station 25, Reston, C-Shift

Recently firefighters from Fire Station 25, Reston, C-Shift presented a local resident with a certificate for adopting a fire hydrant in her neighborhood. The citizen/recipient, Ms. Anna, shared with us her impetus for getting involved in the program.Giving Back By Adopting-A-Hydrant

The following briefly tells her story: On September 2, 1994, Ms. Anna was involved in a very serious motorcycle accident. She suffered a number of very horrific injuries, and our department responded to the accident. Ms. Anna suffered multi-system trauma, and was flown by helicopter to a local trauma center for treatment.

Hospital staff later told her that the Firefighters/EMTs/Paramedics saved her life with the pre-hospital emergency care they provided. Ms. Anna stated that from that point on she has “loved” the fire department and wholeheartedly supported our agency.

Ms. Anna was thrilled to be presented her certificate, and is committed to doing her small part to make our jobs easier, and the community a little safer.

To learn more about the Adopt a Hydrant program, please click here: Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Launches Adopt-a-Hydrant Program

Right Place, Right Time

By: Randal Bittinger, Captain II
Fire Station 39, North Point, B-Shift

On Saturday, April 15, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department’s Technical Rescue team conducted training at Great Falls National Park on the Potomac River. During this training the Fairfax County 911 center alerted the team that an adult male had fallen approximately 40 feet down the rock face along the Potomac. Rescue crews immediately responded and provided emergency care for the injured man. The rescue crews transported the injured man by boat to the U.S. Park Police helicopter for transport to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

As the young man was being loaded onto the helicopter, the rescue team received another emergency call that there was a missing child on the park grounds. The park was extremely crowded on Saturday due to the nice weather and the free park admission weekend. An organized search was implemented by the fire department members and park rangers. The young girl was located by firefighters in less than 10 minutes along the trails of the park. She was safely reunited with her family.

While our crews were originally at the park for training, it turned out we were at the right place, at the right time, to provide assistance on two calls for help.

Right Place, Right Time

Video and Photos by Technician Herb Knerr

No Ordinary Play Date

By: Mike Mohler, Captain I
Fire Station 16, Clifton, A-Shift

Recently, the MOMS Club of Clifton/Centreville South stopped by Fire Station 16, Clifton, to learn more about fire safety and to get a tour of the station. They had a specific request for us to teach them how to develop and execute a home escape plan in case of fire.

The crew from A-Shift were up to the task and utilized materials from the department’s Life Safety Education section as well as a YouTube video. To practice what they learned, Firefighter Irene Lawrence took the parents and children into the bunkroom and instructed them how to escape a bedroom when their smoke alarm sounds. Everyone then got to practice!

After the important fire safety lesson, one of the firefighters dressed up in full gear to show the kids what a firefighter looks like when they go into a fire. They also had a chance to check out the fire truck and ambulance.

Thanks to the MOMS Club of Clifton/Centreville South for stopping by, to meet your local firefighters and to learn how to keep your children a little safer.

Malfunctioning Refrigerator Causes Burke Townhouse Fire

Malfunctioning Refrigerator Causes Burke Townhouse FireOn Thursday, April 13, at approximately 7:06 p.m., units were dispatched for a townhouse fire in the 5500 block of Hollins Lane in the Burke section of Fairfax County.

The fire was discovered by Rescue Squad 14 from Fire Station 14, Burke, as the crew was driving nearby when they noticed smoke in the area. Upon investigating they discovered fire visible from two floors of a middle of the row townhouse. The unit immediately notified the Fairfax County 911 center and additional fire and rescue units were dispatched.

Simultaneously, the occupants were returning home and discovered the fire when they opened the front entry door. Smoke alarms were installed and sounding. Firefighters entered the home and found most of the fire in the kitchen area. The fire was quickly extinguished with minor extension to the second floor and attic.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire started in the kitchen area. The fire was accidental in nature and caused by a malfunctioning refrigerator.

There were no firefighter or civilian injuries reported. Two adults and two children were displaced as a result of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered but declined.

Damages as a result of the fire are approximately $163,750.

Engine Misfire Causes Newington Garage Fire


On Monday, April 10, at approximately 10:50 a.m., units were dispatched for a report of a garage fire in the 8300 block of Telegraph Road in the Newington section of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on scene and reported fire showing from a detached, garage/shed located approximately 50 yards from the house. Crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire occurred when the home owner started his tractor inside the shed. The fire is accidental in nature and resulted when the tractors engine misfired, which caused a fire ball that ignited nearby combustible materials.

There were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries. Red Cross assistance was not needed.

Damages as a result of the fire are approximately $50,000.



Two Vehicle Collision In Springfield

At approximately 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11, units from Fire Station 22, Springfield, and Fire Station 26, Edsall Road, were dispatched for a report of a two vehicle collision at the intersection of Old Keene Mill Road and Spring Road. Additional calls to 911 indicated that one vehicle was possibly over-turned.

Units arrived on scene to find one vehicle on fire and another over-turned. Crews quickly extinguished the fire. No occupants of either car were trapped. There was one patient with non-life threatening injuries who was treated and transported to an area hospital.