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 10-41
Date: March 29, 2010
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire Sunday, March 28, 2010, at approximately 2:15 a.m. in the Springfield area of Fairfax County. The single family home is located at 6805 Jerome Street.
Firefighters encountered heavy fire and smoke coming from the rear of the all-brick, rambler style home upon arrival. Firefighters conducted an interior fire attack and brought the fire under control in approximately 15 minutes. One of the occupants was treated at the scene but not transported to a medical facility. All three adult occupants escaped prior to firefighters arriving. Red Cross assistance was not necessary.
Damage is estimated at $75,000.
According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. Improper disposal of smoking materials in a flower pot on the rear deck caused the fire.
Discarded Smoking Materials Safety Tips
- Completely douse butts and ashes with water before throwing them away as they can smolder and cause a fire.
- Never smoke in bed.
- Provide large, deep ashtrays with a center support for smokers. Check furniture for any dropped ashes before going to bed. Empty ashes into a fireproof container with water and sand.
- Keep smoking materials away from anything that can burn (i.e., mattresses, bedding, upholstered furniture, draperies, etc.).
- Never smoke in a home where oxygen is being used.
- If you smoke, choose fire-safe cigarettes. They are less likely to cause fires.
- To prevent a deadly cigarette fire, you must be alert. You won’t be if you are sleepy, have been drinking, or have taken medicine or other drugs.
- Keep matches and lighters up high, out of children's sight and reach.
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.