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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

12/22/08

Accidental Annandale House Fire

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire at approximately 7 p.m., Saturday, December 20, 2008, in the Annandale area. The single-family home is located at 7712 Killebrew Drive.

Firefighters encountered smoke and fire coming from the rear of the basement and first floor of the ranch-style home upon arrival.  Firefighters knocked the fire down in approximately 10 minutes. One firefighter received a non-life threatening injury and was transported to a medical facility and later released. There were no other injuries. Five occupants have been displaced. Red Cross assistance was not required.

Damage is estimated at $200,000.

According fire investigators, the fire was accidental. An unattended candle in a basement bedroom caused the fire. 

Candle Safety Tips

  • 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 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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