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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): 703-877-3702

News Release 10-03
Date: January 7, 2010

Accidental Two-Alarm House Fire

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire, Wednesday, January 6, 2010, at approximately 3:40 p.m. in the Wolftrap area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located 1287 Middleton Court.

Firefighters encountered heavy smoke and fire coming from the roof of the two-story home upon arrival. First arriving units encountered fire on the second floor upon entry of the home. The Incident Commander struck a second alarm, bringing over 60 firefighters to the scene. Crews immediately initiated an interior fire attack as well as a coordinated exterior attack. Firefighters brought the fire under control in approximately 30 minutes. Neighbors placed the 9-1-1 emergency call after seeing smoke and fire coming from the home. The home was being renovated and not occupied when the fire broke out. A firefighter was transported to Reston Hospital for a non-life threatening injury.

Damage is estimated at $200,000.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. Plumbers using a torch caused 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.

Last Modified: Monday, August 29, 2011

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