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.

Malfunctioning Blender Sparks Newington Townhouse Fire

On Friday, October 20, at approximately 4:50 p.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and Fort Belvoir Fire and Emergency Services were dispatched to a reported townhouse fire in the 7700 block of Lemoyne Lane in the Newington section of Fairfax County. 

Units arrived on scene and reported a fire in the basement of a two-story, end unit townhouse. The fire had begun to spread up the side of the townhouse through a basement window. Crews quickly went to work extinguishing the fire. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the basement and prevented it from spreading to the other floors in the home.  

Four occupants were home at the time of the fire. The fire was discovered by an occupant prior to the activation of the smoke alarms. He alerted the rest of the occupants who were able to safely evacuate prior to the fire department’s arrival.  

Fire Investigators determined that this fire was accidental in nature and started in the basement. The cause of the fire was determined to be a malfunctioning blender. 

A total of six occupants were displaced as a result of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and declined. There were no reports of civilian or firefighter injuries. 

Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $303,562.

 

 

 

 

 

Two Cats Rescued From Reston Townhouse Fire

 

On Monday, October 2, at approximately 10:57 a.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and the Washington Metropolitan Airport Authority Fire and Rescue Department responded to a reported townhouse fire in the 11500 block of Hearthstone Court in the Reston section of Fairfax County.   

Units arrived on scene and reported smoke showing from a two-story, middle unit townhouse. Crews quickly located and extinguished a fire in the basement of the townhouse. Firefighters rescued two cats from the home and reunited them with their owners. 

Two adult occupants were home at the time of the fire. The fire was discovered when the occupants investigated an explosive sounding noise in the home and found the house filling with smoke. The occupants safely evacuated and called 9-1-1. A smoke alarm in the basement did activate. 

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in the basement. The fire was caused by an incandescent lamp too close to combustible materials. 

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

Damages as a result of the fire were estimated to be $90,000.

 

Home Smoke Alarm Basics

It is not uncommon for our firefighters to get asked a variety of questions about smoke alarms. Often, people want to know what type of smoke alarm you need and where in the home they should be placed. Our partners in safety at the National Fire Protection Association produced an informative, and short, video that answers these, and many other, questions.

Please take two minutes to increase your fire safety knowledge. Who knows, it could save your, or a loved ones, life one day.

 

Electrical Malfunction Causes Annandale House Fire

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On Monday, September 4, at approximately 5:29 p.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and the City of Fairfax Fire Department were dispatched to a report of a house fire in the 4000 block of King Arthur Road in the Annandale section of Fairfax County.   

Units arrived on the scene to find smoke showing from a two-story, single family home. Firefighters quickly located the fire to be in the garage. Crews accessed the garage and rapidly extinguished the fire. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries reported.  

Two occupants were home at the time of the fire. They discovered the fire prior to the smoke alarms activating and immediately evacuated the home. 

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in the garage. The fire was caused by an electrical malfunction within the main electric panel.  

Both occupants were displaced as a result of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and declined.

Damages as a result of the fire is estimated to be approximately $87,500.

 

 

Lightning Strike Starts House Fire

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On Friday, August 11, at approximately 7 p.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and the City of Fairfax Fire Department were dispatched for a reported house fire located in the 9600 block of Ceralene Court in the Fairfax section of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on the scene of a two-story, single family home and observed fire showing from the roof area. Crews quickly went to work extinguishing the fire. There were no reported firefighter or civilian injuries.

No occupants were in the home at the time of the fire. An off duty Fairfax County firefighter, Lieutenant Allan Burchell, was driving in the area and noticed a column of smoke. Upon investigation, he discovered the house on fire and called 911. Lieutenant Burchell grabbed a garden hose and proceeded to contain some of the fire until fire units arrived.

Three adults and two juveniles were displaced. Red Cross assistance was offered and declined. There were smoke alarms in the home, however, they did not activate because the fire was located in the exterior and attic space of the home.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature. It started on the exterior of the home and spread into the attic. The fire was the result of a lightning strike.

Damages as a result of the fire are estimated to be approximately $26,000.