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 09-71
Date: September 30, 2009
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire, Wednesday, September 30, 2009, at approximately 3:30 a.m. in the Annandale area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 7651 Royston Street.
Firefighters encountered heavy fire and smoke coming from all windows in the basement and the first floor of the ranch-style home. The home was fully involved with fire upon arrival of responding units. The fire was gas-fed, emanating from an inside gas meter in the basement. The first floor of the home collapsed a few minutes after arrival, resulting in firefighters not being able to immediately conduct a primary search of the home. Firefighters brought the bulk of the fire under control in approximately 45 minutes.
Damage is estimated at $300,000. The home is a complete loss.
Fire investigators are digging through the debris, and have not yet determined the cause of the fire.
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.