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 townhouse fire at approximately 6:40 p.m., Monday, March 17, 2008, in the Centreville area of Fairfax County. The three-story townhouse is located at 6100 Grogans Court.
Upon arrival firefighters encountered heavy fire on the rear deck that was extending up and inside the townhouse. Firefighters brought the fire under control in approximately 20 minutes. One occupant of the home was transported to Inova Fair Oaks Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Three adults were displaced. Red Cross was not needed.
The fire damage is estimated at $55,000.
According to fire investigators, the fire was caused by combustibles too close to a heat source.
- Grills should be placed at least 15 feet from any home, building, or combustibles to ensure adequate air circulation.
- Charcoal must be kept dry. Wet charcoal can spontaneously ignite. Spare propane bottles should be stored outside away from the home. A backyard shed is a good place.
- Keep children and pets away from the grill. Grills continue to give off heat long after cooking has stopped.
- Never place hot ashes in paper or plastic bags or containers. Only use metal containers for hot ashes.
- Use Underwriters Laboratories (UL) approved electrical starters in place of lighter fluid.
- Never use a grill on apartment or condominium balconies. This practice is one of the biggest dangers with grills. It is unsafe and against the law.
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.