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 garage fire Monday, September 15, 2008, at approximately 4:15 a.m., in the Springfield area of Fairfax County. The detached residential garage is located at 6828 Ridgeway Drive.
Firefighters encountered heavy smoke and flames coming from the structure upon arrival. It took firefighters approximately 15 minutes to bring the fire under control. The 20 foot by 30 foot garage was approximately four feet from the home. Firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to the nearby home. There was no fire extension to the home. There were no injuries.
Damage is estimated at $60,000.
According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. An electrical anomaly in the garage door assembly caused the fire.
- 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.