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 10-18
Date: February 1, 2010
Armes H. Hendela, 90, 5643 Heming Avenue, has been identified as one of the victims of the house fire occurring January 26, 2010, according to the Medical Examiner's Office.
The cause of death was smoke inhalation. The other adult male victim has not been identified.
Damage is estimated at $272,000. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
These are the first and second fire fatalities for 2010.
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire Tuesday, January 26, 2010, at approximately 6:35 a.m. The single-family home is located at 5643 Heming Avenue in the North Springfield area of Fairfax County.
Firefighters encountered heavy fire and smoke coming from the rear of the home and heavy smoke from all of the windows of the rambler-style home upon arrival. A second alarm and an EMS Task Force were requested, bringing over 60 firefighters to the scene. Firefighters found two deceased adult males inside the home during the secondary search.
Crews fought the gas-fed fire from the inside of the house until conditions severely deteriorated and the floor collapsed, narrowly missing firefighters below. Those firefighters were separated from their crews, however, they were able to escape safely. Firefighters brought the fire under control in approximately one hour. There was no one else home when the fire broke out. One firefighter was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
The names of the victims will not be released until next-of-kin have been notified. The medical examiner will determine the cause of death.
The home is a total loss.
Fire and police investigators are investigating 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.