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 09-82
Date: November 9, 2009
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and Arlington County Fire Department units responded to a house fire, Thursday, November 5, 2009, at approximately 7:30 a.m. in the Falls Church area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located 2300 Brilyn Place.
Firefighters encountered heavy smoke from windows on the second floor of the two-story home upon arrival. First arriving units also contended with fire from the rear of the structure. Firefighters brought the fire under control in approximately 25 minutes. The fire originated in a second floor bedroom and was confined to that area, with heat, smoke, and water damage throughout the second floor and ceiling. An Arlington County firefighter received a non-life threatening injury during the incident. There were no working smoke alarms in the home. Two adults have been displaced. Red Cross support was declined.
Damage is estimated at $120,000.
According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. An electric blanket in a second floor bedroom caused the fire.
Electrical Safety Tips
- Replace or repair loose or frayed cords on all electrical devices.
- Avoid overloading outlets. Plug only one high-wattage appliance into each receptacle outlet at a time.
- If your power goes out a lot or the lights in your home flicker, smell bad, or make noise, have an electrician come in to inspect your wiring.
- The electrical outlet in the bathroom should have a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI). This is a tool that protects you from dangerous shock when water and electricity come together. An electrician can install a GFCI for you.
- All electrical outlets and switches should be covered by “face plates.”
- When possible, avoid the use of “cube taps” and other devices that allow the connection of multiple appliances into a single receptacle.
- Inspect electrical cords to make sure they are in good condition.
- Consider having additional circuits or outlets added by a qualified electrician so you do not have to use extension cords.
- Don’t tie or knot electrical cords.
- Don’t let furniture sit on electrical cords.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instruction for plugging an appliance into a receptacle outlet.
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.