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): 703-877-3702
News Release 09-94
Date: December 30, 2009
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire Tuesday, December 29, 2009, at approximately 4:45 a.m. in the Annandale area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 6906 Alpine Drive.
Firefighters encountered smoke and fire coming from the front and sides of the rambler-style home upon arrival. Firefighters fought the fire inside the basement and first floor and brought the fire under control in approximately 30 minutes. Firefighters contended with high winds while fighting the fire. A smoke alarm activated inside the home, providing early warning to the lone occupant. The adult male escaped the home prior to the arrival of firefighters; however, he was treated at the scene and then transported to the Washington Hospital Burn Center for non-life threatening injuries. The occupant will be displaced. There were no other injuries.
Damage is estimated at $150,000.
According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. The fire was caused by an electric space heater in the basement.
Alternate Heating Source Safety Tips
The fall and winter are upon us. This causes many of us to seek out alternative sources to heat our home and keep warm. Alternate heating sources are a major contributing factor in residential fires. The following safety tips will help you keep a safe home.
- Keep at least three feet of clearance between your alternate heat source and anything combustible.
- Do not keep or store combustible materials in closed areas or near a heat source.
- Never leave a heater on when you are not in the room or when you go to sleep, and never leave children or pets unattended near heating sources.
- If you use an electric heater, be careful not to overload the electrical circuit.
- Avoid using electrical heaters in bathrooms as they may come in contact with water.
- Only use heaters that have been tested to the latest safety standards and certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL). These heaters will have the most up-to-date safety features, such as automatic shut-offs. It is important to install and use heaters according to manufacturer’s recommendations.
- Do not use a range or oven as an alternate heating source. This is a safety hazard and may be a source of toxic fumes.
- Do not use fuel burning appliances without the proper room ventilation.
- Never fill a kerosene heater while it is in operation or hot. Avoid overfilling.
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.