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
News Release 09-13
Date: February 17, 2009
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire at approximately 2:10 p.m., Monday, February 16, 2009, in the Centreville area of Fairfax County. The home is located at 13213 Lee Highway.
Firefighters encountered heavy fire through the roof and smoke from all sides of the two-story single-family home upon arrival. A second alarm was requested, bringing over 60 emergency personnel to the scene. Firefighters found a deceased adult male inside the house. Crews fought the fire from the inside until fire conditions severely deteriorated the roof, and it began to collapse in several areas. Firefighters brought the fire under control in approximately 20 minutes. The fire originated in a second floor bedroom, spreading throughout the house. There were no other injuries. The home was a total loss. No one else was at home when the fire broke out.
Damage is estimated at $780,000.
The victim’s name has not been released, pending next-of-kin notification. The medical examiner will determine the cause of death.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
For more information, call Daniel L. Schmidt or Captain I Randal Bittinger, 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.