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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


Falls Church Accidental House Fire

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire Thursday, February 7, 2008, at approximately 11 p.m., in the Falls Church area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 6638 Fisher Avenue.

Firefighters encountered smoke on the first floor in the three-story home upon arrival. The fire originated in the ceiling of the dining room and was brought under control in approximately 15 minutes. The occupant escaped from the roof with the help of a neighbor prior to the arrival of firefighters. An adult male and female suffered non-life threatening injuries and were transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital. One occupant has been displaced and is being assisted by the Red Cross.

Damage is estimated at $50,000.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. An electrical anomaly in the ceiling of the dining room caused the fire.

Electrical Safety Tips

  • 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.

Last Modified: Monday, August 29, 2011

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