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Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 10-67
Date: July 6, 2010

Accidental Herndon Townhouse Fire

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a townhouse fire Saturday, July 3, 2010, at approximately 5:00 p.m. in the Herndon area of Fairfax County. The townhouse is located at 3261 Tayloe Court.

Firefighters saw fire in the rear coming from both floors of the two-story townhouse upon arrival. A second alarm was struck, bringing approximately 60 firefighters to the scene. Firefighters extinguished the fire in approximately 25 minutes. The adjacent townhouse also received minor damage. The fire displaced three adults from the home of origin. Also, displaced were three adults and three children from the adjacent townhouse. One adult male was transported to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Red Cross was not needed.

Damage is estimated at $166,000. Damage figures include $15,000 loss to the adjacent property.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. Discarded smoking material on the rear deck.

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 Captain I Willie F. Bailey or Renee Stilwell, 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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