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

News Release 09-32
Date: April 8, 2009

Fatal Vienna House Fire

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at approximately 12:50 a.m., in the Town of Vienna. The single-family home is located in the 900 block of Potterton Circle.

Firefighters encountered heavy fire and smoke coming from the rear and roof of the rambler-style home upon arrival. A second alarm was immediately struck, bringing over 60 firefighters to the scene. Firefighters quickly performed a primary search and found a deceased older woman inside the home. Firefighters brought the fire under control in approximately 15 minutes. There was no one else home when the fire broke out. There were no audible smoke alarms in the home when firefighters arrived.

The name of the victim will not be released until next-of-kin has been notified. The medical examiner will determine the cause of death.

Damage is estimated at $150,000.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by fire investigators and the Vienna Police.


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.
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