Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department
4100 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax, Virginia 22030
Phone: 703-246-3801, TTY: 711 and Fax:703-385-1687
Duty PIO (Weekends/After-hours): 703-280-0694
Media Information Line: 703-324-3000
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire Monday, February 4, 2007, at approximately 3:05 p.m. near George Mason University in Fairfax County. The home is located 4319 San Juan Drive.
Firefighters saw fire and smoke coming from the first and second floors of the two-story split-level home upon arrival. Fire and smoke was also heavy in the basement. Firefighters brought the fire under control in approximately 15 minutes. No one was home when the fire started. There were no injuries. Two adults and one juvenile have been displaced. The occupants declined assistance from Red Cross. Fairfax City firefighters also responded to the fire.
Damage is estimated at $50,000.
According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. The cause of the fire is attributed to an electrical anomaly.
- Replace or repair loose or frayed cords on all electrical devices.
- Avoid overloading outlets. Plug only one high-wattage appliance into each receptacle outlet at a time.
- When possible, avoid the use of "cube taps" and other devices that allow the connection of multiple appliances into a single receptacle.
- Consider having additional circuits or outlets added by a qualified electrician so you do not have to use extension cords.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instruction for plugging an appliance into a receptacle outlet.
For more information, call Daniel L. Schmidt or Lieutenant Raúl G. Castillo, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, 703-246-3801 and TTY: 711. Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request.