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 at approximately 4 p.m., Saturday, August 2, 2008, in the Bailey's Cross Roads area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 5901 Columbia Pike.
Firefighters encountered fire on the first floor and smoke on the second floor of the home upon arrival. The fire extended into the attic area. Firefighters brought the fire under control in approximately 30 minutes. Additional units were called to the scene to provide relief due to the heat. Five adults have been displaced. Red Cross was not needed.
Damage is estimated at $63,000.
According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. The cause of the fire was a window air conditioning unit plugged into an extension cord adapter that was overloaded.
- 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.