Accidental Herndon Townhouse Fire


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 12-107
Date:  December 21, 2012

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a townhouse fire, Thursday, December 20, 2012, at approximately 3 p.m., in the Herndon area of Fairfax County. The townhouse is located at 13265 Coppermill Drive.

Upon arrival, firefighters encountered heavy smoke coming from a three-story townhome. Crews initiated an aggressive interior attack. Crews encountered moderate smoke and fire conditions from the top floor while bringing the fire under control in approximately 30 minutes, preventing any further spreading of the fire. Two occupants were displaced. One of the occupants was transported to Medstar Washington Hospital Burn Center for non-life threatening injuries. Red Cross assistance was declined.

Damage is estimated at $50,000.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. A laptop computer left on top of a mattress overheated causing 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. 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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