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 Saturday, February 9, 2007, at approximately 6:55 p.m. in the Falls Church area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 6825 Kincaid Avenue.
Firefighters saw smoke coming from the first floor of the one and one-half story home upon arrival. Firefighters brought the fire under control in approximately 15 minutes. The fire originated in the crawl space in the center of the first floor of the home. Four adults and one child have been displaced. One adult was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
Damage is estimated at $35,000.
According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. The cause of the fire was an electrical anomaly involving the wiring under the flooring.
- 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.