Accidental West Springfield Townhouse Fire
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department
News Release 12-104
Date: December 13, 2012
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire, Wednesday, December 12, 2012, at approximately 6:50 a.m., in the West Springfield area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 8733 Sheridan Farms Court.
Firefighters encountered heavy smoke and fire coming from the rear and roof of the three-story townhouse upon arrival. Firefighters conducted an aggressive interior and exterior fire attack and brought the fire under control in approximately 15 minutes. The unfurnished home had recently been vacated. There were no injuries.
Damage is estimated at $100,000.
According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. An electrical wiring anomaly in the attic 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.
Duty PIO (Weekends/After-hours): 703-877-3702
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services and activities. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request.
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