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 an apartment fire at approximately 1:10 a.m., Friday, June 6, 2008, in the Jefferson area of Fairfax County. The apartments, Monticello Gardens, are located at 7255 Parkwood Court.
Firefighters encountered fire and smoke coming from the third floor and front of the three-story apartment upon arrival. Firefighters quickly rescued six occupants from a rear balcony using ground ladders. A second alarm was struck, bringing approximately 60 emergency personnel to the scene. The fire was brought under control in approximately 35 minutes. An adult male and a male youth have been displaced. One adult female was transported to the Washington Burn Center with non-life threatening injuries. One other occupant was treated at the scene by paramedics. The Red Cross is assisting the family. Two family cats perished as a result of the fire.
Damage is estimated at $80,000.
According fire investigators, the fire was accidental. The fire was caused by an unattended candle placed too close to a bed in a bedroom.
- Do not place candles near combustible materials.
- Place candles in glass or ceramic containers.
- Place candles on a flat, sturdy surface.
- Never leave children unattended in a room with an open flame candle.
- Do not place candles on window ledges or near entryways. The potential air draft can “fan” the flame, catching curtains or other materials on fire.
- Do keep burning candles within sight at all times. Candles can present fire hazards outdoors on decks and patios as well as inside your home.
- Always extinguish candles before leaving the home.
- Place all candles on a protected, heat resistant, dry surface away from anything that can catch fire and out of the reach of children and pets.
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.