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 10-01
Date: January 4, 2010
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a townhouse fire Wednesday, December 30, 2009, at approximately 7:50 p.m. in the West Springfield area of Fairfax County. The townhouse is located at 6020 Timber Hollow Lane.
Firefighters encountered black smoke pouring from the front door of the middle, three-story townhouse upon arrival. Firefighters found fire in the first-floor kitchen and quickly extinguished the fire. The fire was brought under control in approximately 10 minutes. Fire damage was contained to the first floor with minor extension to the second floor. There was smoke damage throughout the townhouse. There was no damage to adjacent townhomes. Seven adults and one child have been displaced. Red Cross was declined. There were no injuries.
Damage is estimated at $75,000.
According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. The fire appears to have been caused by a coffeemaker in the kitchen.
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.