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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
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News Release 09-04
Date: January 12, 2009

Firefighters Rescue One in High-Rise Condominium Fire

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a high-rise condominium fire at approximately 8:20 p.m., Sunday, January 11, 2009, in the Bailey's Crossroads area of Fairfax County. The thirteen-story condominium, Lakeside Plaza Condominiums, is located at 3800 Powell Lane.

Firefighters encountered fire and smoke coming from a window in one of the units on the ninth floor upon arrival. Firefighters safely rescued one adult from the ninth floor using an aerial ladder. Firefighters evacuated the ninth floor and brought the fire under control in about 30 minutes. Firefighters also ensured other residents sheltered in place. Firefighters contained the fire to the fire unit. However, several other units adjacent and below received smoke and water damage. One resident was transported to Alexandria Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Two other residents were treated at the scene and refused transport. Two occupants have been displaced. Red Cross is assisting the displaced occupants. Approximately 900 residents live in Lakeside Plaza Condominiums.

Damage is estimated at approximately $160,000.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. Improperly discarded smoking materials 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.
  • 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 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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