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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
Email: fire-rescue.Pa-LSE@fairfaxcounty.gov
Website: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fire

12/11/08

Smoking Materials Cause Huntington House Fire

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire at approximately 10:50 p.m., Wednesday, December 10, 2008, in the Huntington area of Fairfax County. The home is located at 5702 Fenwick Drive.

Firefighters encountered heavy fire and smoke from the front and sides of the two-story duplex home upon arrival. Firefighters brought the fire under control in approximately 10 minutes. Two adults and one child were displaced. A family dog died of smoke inhalation. There were no other injuries. 

Damage is estimated at $85,000.

According to fire investigators, the cause of the fire was accidental. Improperly discarded smoking material in the living room’s sofa caused the fire.

Discarded Smoking Materials Safety Tips

  • 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.

 

For more information, call Daniel L. Schmidt or Lieutenant Ral 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.





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