Annandale House Fire Caused By Overloaded Power Strip

On Thursday, August 17 at approximately 10:48 p.m., units were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 3400 block of Annandale Road in the Annandale section of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on the scene of a one and a half story house with smoke and fire showing in the rear of the home. Crews quickly doused the exterior fire and then advanced into the home to complete extinguishment of the fire. Simultaneously, other crews initiated a rapid search and confirmed all occupants had safely evacuated the home. The fire was contained to the rear area of the home.

One occupant was home at the time of the fire. The fire was reported to 9-1-1 by another occupant that arrived at the front door and saw smoke. The one occupant home at the time of the fire woke to the smell of smoke and exited the home prior to the activation of the smoke alarms.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in the one-story addition on the back of the home. The fire originated in a power strip and was most likely due to the overloading of the power strip.

There were no reported civilian or fire fighter injuries. Red Cross assistance was requested and utilized. A total of five occupants were displaced.

Damage as a result of the fire is estimated to be approximately $18,750.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue would also like to remind all residents about electrical safety for extension cords, power strips and surge protectors:

  • Replace worn, old or damaged extension cords right away.
  • Use extension cords for temporary purposes only.
  • Avoid putting cords where they can be damaged or pinched, like under a carpet or rug.
  • Do not overload power strips.
  • Use power strips that have internal overload protection.

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.

Combustible Items Left On Stovetop Cause Lincolnia House Fire

On Friday, August 4, at approximately 8:14 a.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and Arlington County Fire Department were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 3900 block of Fairfax Parkway in the Lincolnia section of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on scene to find smoke showing from the front of a one-story, single family home. Firefighters quickly located and extinguished a fire in the kitchen area of the home.

The fire was discovered by an occupant of the home when she was awakened by the smell of smoke. One smoke alarm was located in the basement but it did not have a battery installed. All occupants evacuated prior to fire department arrival. One of the adults suffered a minor injury after leaving the house. He was treated on scene and was not transported to a medical facility. No other civilian or firefighter injuries were reported.

 Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and originated in the kitchen. The cause of the fire was lightweight combustible items left on a stovetop. The day before the fire, the stovetop had been in use when the house lost electricity due to a storm. The burner was not turned off before the occupants of the home went to sleep. Electricity was restored while the occupants were asleep and the burner began heating the combustible materials.

Two adults and two children were displaced as a result of the fire. Red Cross assistance was requested and accepted.

Damages as a result of the fire were estimated at approximately $62,500.

Fairfax County Fire And Rescue One Of The Busiest In The Country

Each year, Firehouse Magazine compiles a list of the busiest fire and rescue stations and various units in the nation. Your Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department has placed in the Top 50 in several categories for 2016.fire house

You might be interested to learn that:

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue is the 31st busiest fire and rescue department in the country responding to 100,712 calls for assistance.

Fairfax County Fire Station 11, Penn Daw, is the 36th busiest fire and rescue station in the country responding to 11,256 calls for assistance.

Rescue Squad 426 (Edsall Road) is the 41st busiest Heavy Rescue unit in the country responding to 1,744 calls for assistance.

HazMat 440 (Fairfax Center) is the 19th busiest Hazardous Materials unit in the country responding to 541 calls for assistance.

EMS Officer 404 is the 39th busiest unit in the country responding to 1,808 emergency medical calls for assistance.

2016 Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Awards

Recently, the winners of the 2016 Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Awards were honored at a Fairfax County Board of Supervisors meeting.   

Tim Fleming, Chair of the Volunteer Fire Commission, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Assistant Chief Reggie Johnson, and Chairman Sharon Bulova of the Board of Supervisors presented the awards to the recipients. The recipients were recognized for their outstanding fire, emergency medical, and administrative service to the county during 2016. 

Thanks to all recipients for their service and dedication to the residents of Fairfax County!

Winners of the 2016 Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Awards: 

  • Volunteer Firefighter of the Year – Payton Smith, Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department 
  • Volunteer Operational Officer of the Year – John Hootman, McLean Volunteer Fire Department 
  • Volunteer EMS Provider of the Year – Barry Brown, Burke Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department 
  • Volunteer BLS Provider of the Year – Katie Myers, Annandale Volunteer Fire Department 
  • Volunteer ALS Provider of the Year – Lynn Clancy, McLean Volunteer Fire Department              
  • Volunteer Rookie of the Year – Sean Smith, Centreville Volunteer Fire Department 
  • Administrative Member of the Year – Wanda Nelson, Franconia Volunteer Fire Department 
  • Administrative Officer of the Year – Keith Edgemon, Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department 
  • Canteen Member of the Year – Anthony Ruth, Annandale Volunteer Fire Department 
  • Special Recognition Award – Gerry Strider, Bailey’s Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department for 35 Years of service on the Volunteer Fire Commission 
  • Special Recognition Award – Homer Johns, Great Falls Volunteer Fire Department for 50 Years of Volunteer Service 
  • Special Recognition Award – Clyde Clark, McLean Volunteer Fire Department for 55 Years of Volunteer Service 
  • Special Recognition Award – Harry Chelpon, Burke Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department Volunteer Chaplain

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Stop The Bleed

By: Lieutenant Bruce Stark
Fire Station 19, Lorton, A-Shift

When a traumatic bleeding emergency occurs in Fairfax County most often a friend, family member, neighbor, co-worker or bystander is on scene immediately after the traumatic bleeding injury has occurred. A person can die from severe uncontrolled bleeding in as little as five minutes.

You have the power to learn some simple steps and effective bleeding control techniques that could preserve someone’s life until your Fairfax County firefighters/paramedics arrive. Below are steps you can take to help “stop the bleed.”

First call 9-1-1 to get Fairfax County Fire and Rescue units on the way. The sooner you call 911, the faster professional help will arrive.

Remember, your safety is the number one priority! You cannot help someone if you get injured. Be sure the area is safe before you decide to help.

Next expose the area that is bleeding and with a cloth or bandage use both hands to apply firm, steady pressure to the area that is bleeding. If you don’t have a bandage or cloth immediately available, apply firm and steady pressure with your hands. This will still help to slow or stop the bleeding.

If bleeding has not stopped, and there is one available, apply a commercially made tourniquet at least 2-3 inches above the injured area and tighten until bleeding has stopped. If bleeding has not stopped then place a second tourniquet above and next to the first tourniquet. Remember a tourniquet will not work if placed on top of a knee or elbow so be sure to avoid these areas.

If a commercially made tourniquet is not available, be very cautious in attempting to make an improvised tourniquet. Thin items such as phone chargers, extension cords, shoelaces, and rope are to narrow to be used as a tourniquet. In addition to not working, those items can cause severe damage to the nerves of the injured limb.

Below is an info-graphic from our friends at the Department of Homeland Security. A downloadable version is available by clicking here https://www.dhs.gov/stopthebleed

Stop The Bleed

Springfield House Fire Electrical In Nature

On Sunday, July 30, at approximately 12:06 a.m., units responded to a report of a house fire in the 7000 block of Calamo Street in the Springfield area of Fairfax County.  

First arriving units reported fire showing from the roof of a one-story house toward the rear of the home. Firefighters rapidly found and extinguished a significant fire in the attic space. There were no firefighter or civilian injuries reported. 

At the time of the fire, the home was occupied by one adult male. He discovered the fire after the entire house experienced a power failure. Several occupants were displaced as a result of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and accepted. 

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental and originated in the attic of the home. The cause of the fire was electrical in nature, the result of an “overcurrent” of a length of wire that was running through the attic space. 

Damages as a result of the fire were estimated to be approximately $61,000.

Photos courtesy of Ms. Debi Gerald.