Improperly Discarded Smoking Materials Cause Fort Hunt Fire
At approximately 4:40 a.m. on Saturday, September 10, units were dispatched for the reported garage fire in the 9000 block of Beatty Drive in the Fort Hunt section of Fairfax County. Firefighters from Fire Station 9, Mount Vernon, arrived first on scene and reported fire evident from the rear of a garage attached to a single story, ranch-style home.
Firefighters quickly brought the fire under control however, some of the fire did extend into the home. The building was occupied by two adults at the time of the fire. One of the occupants was awakened by strange noises and discovered the fire while investigating the source of the sounds. 9-1-1 was called and both occupants were safely outside upon fire department arrival.
No working smoke alarms were found in the home.
A total of approximately 30 firefighters responded to the scene. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries reported. The Red Cross is assisting the two adults that lived in the home.
Fire Investigators determined the fire originated in the attached garage and was accidental in nature, caused by improperly disposed smoking materials. Damages were estimated to be $93,750.00 total.
The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department would like to remind residents to avoid the dangers of improperly discarded smoking materials and to please follow the safety tips, from the NFPA, listed below:
- If you smoke, smoke outside.
- Use deep, wide ashtrays on a sturdy table.
- Before you throw out butts and ashes, make sure they are out, and dousing in water or sand is the best way to do that.
- Check under furniture cushions and in other places people smoke for cigarette butts that may have fallen out of sight.
- Never smoke in a home where oxygen is being used.
- If you smoke, choose fire-safe cigarettes. They are less likely to cause fires.
Gas Grill Causes Franconia Townhouse Fire
On Saturday, September 10 at approximately 5:42 p.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue were dispatched for a report of a gas grill on fire in the 6200 block of Clara Edward Terrace in the Franconia area of the county.
First arriving units from Fire Station 5, Franconia, reported smoke showing from the roof of a middle of the row, three-story townhouse. Firefighters quickly went to work to extinguish the fire.
At the time of the fire, the townhouse was occupied by two adults who were alerted to the fire by a friend and safely evacuated. Because the fire began on the exterior of the townhome, the smoke alarms inside the home did not activate.
Over 30 firefighters responded to the scene. Two firefighters were transported to a local hospital to get a checkup for a heat related illness. There were no civilian injuries.
The fire investigation determined the fire originated on the rear deck and was caused when a gas grill ignited and spread to the townhouse. Damages were estimated to be $250,000.00 with some of that total applied to a neighboring unit which did sustain some fire damage.
The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department would like to remind residents to grill safely and to please review safety tips from the NFPA: Grilling Safety Tips