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 10-114
Date: December 28, 2010
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire Saturday, December 25, 2010, at approximately 6 p.m., in the Chantilly area of Fairfax County. The single family home is located at 4023 Mapleton Drive, in the Brookfield area of Fairfax County.
Do not discard your ashes into any combustible container such as a paper or plastic bag, a cardboard box, or a plastic trash can.
Firefighters found smoke and fire showing from the basement level of the two-story, split-level home upon arrival. Firefighters conducted an interior fire attack in the basement and quickly brought the fire under control. When firefighters arrived on scene, smoke alarms were sounding, however, no one was home when the fire broke out. Damage to the home was contained primarily to the basement area, with minor residual smoke and water damage to the upstairs. Two adults, and three children have been displaced. Red Cross support was declined by the family. There were no injuries.
Damage is estimated at $40,000.
According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. Improperly discarded fireplace ashes placed in the basement caused the fire.
Do not place ash containers on decks, porches, or in garages.
Put ashes into a non-combustible metal container with a lid.
Pour water into the container to make sure the ashes are cool.
Keep your can OUTSIDE the home, away from your fireplace or stove and anything combustible.
Teach all family members to be safe with ashes from your fireplace or stove.
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.