Plumbing Torch Ignites Annandale House Fire

House Fire

On Friday, July 7 at approximately 2:28 p.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and the City of Fairfax Fire Department were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 3800 block of King Arthur Road in the Annandale section of Fairfax County.

Units from Fire Station 23, West Annandale, arrived on scene to find a three-story home with smoke showing from the roofline. Crews quickly deployed multiple lines of fire hose to confine and extinguish the fire which was concealed in the walls and attic space.

A sole occupant that was home was alerted to the fire when she smelled smoke. She safely evacuated and notified 9-1-1. The smoke alarms did not initially activate because of the location of the fire.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire originated within the void stud space on an exterior wall. The fire was determined to be accidental in nature, resulting from the use of a plumbing torch which ignited combustibles within the wall.

Two adults were displaced as a result of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered but declined. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries. Damage to the house as a result of the fire is estimated to be approximately $60,000.