Smoke Alarm Alerts Occupants To Herndon Townhouse Fire


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.

Signs and Symptoms of Hypothermia and Frostbite

wind chill chartIt is COLD out there! If you need to be out and about in this weather, please dress appropriately and avoid prolonged exposure to the cold. Not dressing appropriately and staying outside too long in these cold temperatures could lead to serious cold related illness and injury such as Hypothermia or Frostbite.

Please take a moment to learn the Signs and Symptoms of Hypothermia and Frostbite from our friends at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Also learn what to do if you, or another person, are exhibiting signs or symptoms of either condition.


A condition in which the body uses up its stored energy and can no longer produce heat. Often occurs after prolonged exposure to cold temperature.

Early symptoms

  • Shivering
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of coordination
  • Confusion and disorientation

Late symptoms

  • No shivering
  • Blue skin
  • Dilated pupils
  • Slowed pulse and breathing
  • Loss of consciousness

First Aid

  • Request immediate medical assistance.
  • Move the victim into a warm room or shelter.
  • Remove wet clothing.
  • Warm the center of their body first—chest, neck, head, and groin—using an electric blanket; or use skin-to-skin contact under loose, dry layers of blankets, clothing, or towels.
  • If conscious, warm beverages may help increase the body temperature. Do not give alcohol.
  • Once temperature has increased keep them dry and wrapped in a warm blanket, including the head and neck.
  • If no pulse, begin CPR.


An injury to the body that is caused by freezing, which most often affects the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers, or toes.


  • Reduced blood flow to hands and feet
  • Numbness
  • Aching
  • Tingling or stinging
  • Bluish or pale, waxy skin

First Aid

  • Get into a warm room as soon as possible.
  • Unless necessary, do not walk on frostbitten feet or toes. Immerse the affected area in warm (not hot) water, or warm the affected area using body heat. Do not use a heating pad, fireplace, or radiator for warming.
  • Do not massage the frostbitten area; doing so may cause more damage.


Candle Causes Merrifield Apartment Fire


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

Tysons Elevator Rescue

On Wednesday, December 13 at approximately 6:37 p.m., units were dispatched for a person stuck in an elevator in the 1700 block of Tysons Boulevard in the Tysons Corner section of Fairfax County.

Units from Fire Station 29, Tysons Corner, arrived on scene, located the elevator and found it to be 35 feet below the 11th floor landing in a blind shaft. Contact was made with the occupant who reported no injuries. Power was controlled to the elevator and a Technical Rescue Operations Team (TROT) response was requested.

An elevator technician arrived and took control of surrounding elevator cars. A plan was devised to lower another elevator car down to the stalled car and remove the individual through the roof hatch. Several crew members went to the 12th floor and set up a lowering system for occupant removal. Two personnel went with the elevator technician to the stalled elevator car and made access to the individual through the roof hatch, secured him in a harness and safely moved him into the “rescue” elevator car.

The “rescue” car descended to the lobby where the occupant was assessed by EMS crews as a precaution.




Five Dangers Of Deep Frying A Turkey

Over the last several years, deep frying a turkey has become a popular way to cook thanksgiving dinner. It has also become a very dangerous way to cook a thanksgiving meal!

Take a moment to watch the below Turkey Fryer Demonstration video from our partners in safety at Underwriters Laboratories (UL). As well, please review the Five Dangers Of Deep Frying A Turkey:

  1. Turkey fryers can easily tip over spilling hot oil across a large area.
  2. An overfilled cooking pot will cause oil to spill over when the turkey is placed inside.
  3. A partially frozen turkey will cause hot oil to splatter.
  4. Turkey fryers can easily overheat and start a fire.
  5. The pot, lid and handles of a turkey fryer can get dangerously hot and cause burn injuries.


Fairfax County Fire And Rescue Participating In TOYS FOR TOTS Campaign

Toys For Tots logoThe Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department will be participating in the Annual National Capital Region Fire and EMS Departments’ 2017 TOYS FOR TOTS Campaign. The intent of the campaign is to “bring holiday joy and deliver a message of hope to children.” Stations will accept donations beginning on Monday, November 20.

Please help us to help those less fortunate this holiday season. Last year, thanks to the generosity of those who live and work in Fairfax County, the Fire and Rescue Department collected over 11,000 toys.

Children who are served by this campaign include toddlers and youths through age 17. The campaign will only accept new unwrapped toys and you can drop them off at any of our Fire and Rescue Stations. Toys used as weapons or considered to be weapons (i.e., toy guns or knives of any kind) will not be accepted. Checks or money orders for donations must be made payable to TOYS FOR TOTS.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Stations will accept donations through Monday, December 18. Toys will not be accepted after this date.