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 10-84
Date: September 10, 2010
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a townhouse fire Thursday, September 9, 2010, at approximately 10:35 a.m., in the Herndon area of Fairfax County. The townhouse is located at 13351 Shea Place.
Firefighters saw heavy fire and smoke coming from the rear of the two-story townhouse upon arrival. A shed, in close proximity to the house, was fully involved with fire and quickly spread to the balcony, roof, and to other adjacent townhouses. The Incident Commander struck a second alarm, bringing over 60 firefighters to the scene. The adjacent townhomes at 13347, 13349, and 13353 received major fire damage to roofs, balconies, and smoke and water damage throughout. Additionally, a townhome on Apgar Place received rear siding damage due to the intense radiant heat. It took firefighters approximately 30 minutes to bring the fire under control. Firefighters acted quickly to conduct overhaul and salvage operations, helping to minimize property damage. A total of six occupants from the four townhomes have been displaced. Firefighters assisted in the rescue of several pets including dogs, cats, and birds. There were no injuries. Red Cross assistance was declined.
Damage is estimated at a minimum of $300,000.
According to fire investigators, the cause of the fire is under investigation.
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.