Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department
News Release 10-72
Date: July 28, 2010
At approximately 4:50 p.m., Tuesday, July 27, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a fire in a two-story, single-family home located at 13706 Lynncroft Drive in Chantilly. Fire and Rescue units arrived on the scene and saw smoke and fire showing from the windows of the home with a reported fire in a first floor kitchen. Responding firefighters performed an aggressive attack on the fire. The fire was brought under control in approximately 25 minutes, with damage occurring to a majority of the interior of the home.
Six persons were in the home at the time of the fire and were alerted by smoke alarms.
Four adults and one child have been displaced. The Red Cross is assisting the families.
There were no reported injuries to firefighters or civilians.
Damage was estimated at $103,000.
According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. The fire was caused by a malfunctioning coffee maker.
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.
Duty PIO (Weekends/After-hours): 703-877-3702
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.
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Fairfax, VA 22030