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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
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News Release 09-34
Date: April 13, 2009

Accidental Townhouse Fire

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a townhouse fire Friday, April 10, 2009, at approximately 10:55 a.m. in the Frying Pan area of Fairfax County. The townhouse is located at 13503 Avonmore Drive.

Firefighters saw smoke and fire coming from the front and second floor of the three-story townhouse upon arrival. A second alarm was struck, bringing approximately 60 firefighters to the scene. Firefighters extinguished the fire in approximately 20 minutes. The fire displaced three adults and two children. There were no injuries. Red Cross is assisting the occupants.

Damage is estimated at $75,000.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. A pole lamp falling onto a nearby sofa started the fire.


Combustibles Too Close to a Heating Source Safety Tips


  • Keep at least three feet of clearance between your alternate heating source and anything combustible.
  • Do not store combustible materials in closed areas or near a heat source.


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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