Smoke Alarm Alerts Herndon Occupant


Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department
4100 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax, Virginia 22030
Phone: 703-246-3801, TTY: 711 and Fax:703-385-1687
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News Release 11-69
Date: September 26, 2011


Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire Friday, September 23, 2011, at approximately 5:30 p.m., in the Herndon area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 1546 Kingstream Circle.

Firefighters encountered heavy smoke from three sides of the two-story home upon arrival. Firefighters initially attacked the fire from the first floor basement entrance and subsequently brought the fire under control in approximately 30 minutes. Firefighters conducted extensive overhaul and salvage operations in the basement and first floor areas. A smoke alarm alerted the lone occupant who was home when the fire broke out. Two adults have been displaced. There were no injuries. Red Cross assistance was declined.

Damage is estimated at $75,000.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. An electrical anomaly near the sump pump in the basement caused the fire.


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. 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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