Accidental Fair Oaks Townhouse Fire

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 12-05
Date:  January 12, 2012

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a townhouse fire, Wednesday, January 11, 2012, at approximately 11:15 a.m., in the Fair Oaks area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 12207 Apple Orchard Court.

Firefighters encountered heavy smoke coming from the eaves and attic of the middle townhouse upon arrival. Firefighters conducted an aggressive fire attack by gaining access to the attic and quickly extinguishing the bulk of the fire. However, firefighters conducted extensive overhaul and salvage operations to ensure the fire had not spread to concealed and voided areas. As crews extinguished hot spots in the attic, considerable damage to roof trusses and the ceiling was discovered. No one was home when the fire broke out. Three adults and a dog have been displaced. Red Cross support was declined by the occupants.  There were no injuries.

Damage is estimated at $130,000.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. A bathroom exhaust fan caused the fire.

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
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