Smoke Alarm Alerts Occupants To Herndon Townhouse Fire

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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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Improperly Discarded Smoking Materials Cause Hybla Valley Townhouse Fire

On Sunday, October 8, at approximately 2:38 a.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and the Alexandria City Fire Department responded for a reported townhouse fire in the 2700 block of Carter Farm Court in the Hybla Valley section of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on scene and reported fire showing from the rear of a two-story, middle unit townhouse. Crews quickly advanced fire hose to the rear of the unit and extinguished the fire.

The occupants were not home at the time of the fire. The fire was discovered by a neighbor who then called 9-1-1.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started on the rear deck. The fire was caused by improperly discarded smoking materials.

A total of four occupants were displaced as a result of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered but declined. There were no reported civilian or fire fighter injuries.

Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $197,500.

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department would like to remind all residents who smoke to keep in mind the below safety tips as it relates to the proper disposal of smoking materials:

  • Never dispose of cigarette butts in potted planting soil. The soil, when it gets too dry, can become highly flammable.
  • Completely douse butts and ashes with water before throwing them away, as they can smolder and cause a fire.
  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Provide large, deep ashtrays with a center support for smokers. Check furniture for any dropped ashes before going to bed. Empty ashes into a fireproof container with water and sand.
  • Keep smoking materials away from anything that can burn (i.e., mattresses, bedding, upholstered furniture, draperies, etc.).
  • Never smoke in a home where oxygen is being used.
  • If you smoke, choose fire-safe cigarettes. They are less likely to cause fires.
  • To prevent a deadly cigarette fire, you must be alert. You won’t be if you are sleepy, have been drinking, or have taken medicine or other drugs.
  • Keep matches and lighters up high, out of children’s sight and reach.

 

 

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.

 

Smoke Alarm Alerts Burke Residents To Townhouse Fire

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On Sunday, September 10, at approximately 2:13 a.m., units were dispatched for a reported fire in a townhome in the 6000 block of Ticonderoga Court in the Burke section of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on scene to find a two-story, middle of the row townhouse with smoke showing from the roof. Firefighters located a fire in the basement of the home and quickly brought it under control. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries reported. Unfortunately, one canine was found deceased in the home.

A smoke alarm woke up an occupant of the home who then discovered the fire. That occupant alerted the other occupants of the home. All occupants evacuated prior to fire department arrival.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in the laundry/utility room in the basement. The fire was caused when lint inside a dryer vent ignited due to restricted air flow.

A total of five occupants were displaced as a result of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and accepted.

Damages are estimated to be approximately $62,500.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue would also like to remind all residents about clothes dryer safety:

  • Clean the lint filter before or after each use. Don’t forget to clean the back of the dryer where lint can be trapped. Remove accumulated lint around the drum.
  • Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional.
  • Do not operate the dryer without a lint filter.
  • The interior of the dryer and venting system should be cleaned periodically by qualified service personnel. If you notice the drying time is longer, clean the vent system thoroughly to ensure proper airflow.
  • Replace plastic, vinyl, and aluminum foil venting with rigid or flexible metal venting.
  • Ensure the air exhaust bent pipe is unrestricted and the outdoor vent flap opens when the dryer operates.
  • Make sure the right plug and outlet are used and the machine is connected properly.
  • Do not leave a dryer running if you leave home or when you go to bed.
  • Do not dry clothing/fabric on or near anything flammable (alcohol, cooking oils, gasoline, spot removers, dry-cleaning solvents, etc.). Flammable substances give off vapors that could ignite or explode.
  • Keep the dryer area clear of things that can burn, such as boxes or clothing.
  • Keep dryers in good working order. Gas dryers should be inspected by a professional to ensure the gas line and connection are intact and free of leaks.

Electrical Malfunction Causes Reston Townhouse Fire

On Wednesday, June 7, at approximately 5:09 a.m., units were dispatched for a reported townhouse fire in the 1600 block of Greenbriar Court in the Reston section of Fairfax County.

First arriving units reported fire showing from a three-story townhouse. Firefighters made an aggressive attack and extinguished the fire in approximately 20 minutes.

During fire extinguishment operations, one firefighter fell through the first floor to the basement. A mayday was initiated and the firefighter was recovered in short order. Crews evaluated the firefighter and no obvious injuries were noted. As a precaution, the firefighter was transported to a local hospital for a checkup. The firefighter was released a short time later and cleared medically to return to duty.

A passerby discovered the fire and called 9-1-1. No occupants were in the townhouse at the time of the fire. There were no smoke alarms present.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire started in a recessed light above the basement ceiling. The cause was determined to be accidental in nature involving a junction box suppling electrical power to a recessed light fixture.

One adult male and one adult female were displaced as a result of the fire. Red Cross assistance was declined. There were no reported civilian injuries.

Damages as a result of the fire are estimated to be approximately $125,000.

Lorton Townhouse Fire A Total Loss

On Friday, May 12, at approximately 1:42 a.m., units were dispatched for a reported townhouse fire in the 8500 block of Koluder Court in the Lorton area of Fairfax County. Lorton Townhouse Fire A Total Loss

Units from Fire Station 35, Pohick, arrived on scene and observed fire showing from all floors on the rear of a middle unit, three-story townhouse. A second alarm was requested. Firefighters quickly advanced fire hose to the rear and front of the home to begin extinguishing the fire. There was minor fire extension into the attic of an adjacent townhome. The bulk of the fire was contained to the townhouse where the fire originated. There were no reported civilian or fire department injuries.

There was no one home at the time of the fire. The fire was discovered and reported by a neighbor. It is unknown if there were working smoke alarms in the home. Two occupants of adjacent townhomes are receiving Red Cross assistance.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Damages as a result of the fire are approximately $219,400. This estimate does not include minor damage to an adjacent townhome estimated at $5,000.