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 11-009
Date: January 28, 2011
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire Wednesday, January 26, 2011, at approximately 9:10 p.m., in the Oakton area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 10605 Vale Road.
Firefighters saw heavy fire and smoke coming from the front of the two-story home upon arrival. Arrival of crews to the fire scene was slowed by trees blocking the road and several downed power lines in the neighborhood. The Incident Commander called for tanker task force due to the lack of nearby fire hydrants. It took firefighters over an hour to bring the fire under control. The fire originated in the two-car garage. One of the occupants was treated at the scene and refused medical transport. The male and female occupants have been displaced and escaped prior to fire crews arriving. The occupants declined Red Cross support.
The home is a total loss.
According to fire investigators, a gas generator too close to combustible materials caused the fire.
Combustibles Too Close to a Heating Source Safety Tips
- Keep at least three feet of clearance between your alternate heating source and anything combustible.
- Do not store combustible materials in closed areas or near a heat source.
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.