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 high-rise fire Monday, August 25, 2008, at approximately 4:40 p.m. in the Baileys Crossroads area of Fairfax County. The high-rise condominium is located at 3705 South George Mason Drive.
Firefighters encountered fire on the balconies of units 2310, 2410, 2510, and 2610; and smoke on several floors of the twenty-six story, Skyline Plaza Condominiums. Additional alarms were requested bringing over 90 emergency personnel to the scene to assist with resident evacuation, smoke ventilation, and emergency incident rehabilitation.
Firefighters brought the fire under control in approximately 30 minutes. One adult female resident was evaluated for smoke inhalation and one firefighter sustained a minor injury. There were no displaced residents.
Damage is estimated at $10,000.
According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. Improperly disposal of smoking materials on unit 2310’s balcony caused the fire.
- Completely douse butts and ashes with water before throwing them away, as they can smolder and cause a fire.
- Never smoke in bed.
- Provide large, deep ashtrays with a center support for smokers. Check furniture for any dropped ashes before going to bed. Empty ashes into a fireproof container with water and sand.
- Keep smoking materials away from anything that can burn (i.e., mattresses, bedding, upholstered furniture, draperies, etc.).
- Never smoke in a home where oxygen is being used.
- If you smoke, choose fire-safe cigarettes. They are less likely to cause fires.
- To prevent a deadly cigarette fire, you must be alert. You won’t be if you are sleepy, have been drinking, or have taken medicine or other drugs.
- Keep matches and lighters up high, out of children’s sight and reach.
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.