Light Fixture Causes Oakton House 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 12-41
Date:  June 12, 2012

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire, at approximately 9:15 a.m., Monday, June 11, 2012, in the Oakton area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 11113 Lochinver Lane.

Firefighters encountered heavy smoke coming from the front and garage area of the two-story home upon arrival. Firefighters had difficulty locating the seat of the fire due to the large amount of stored items in the basement. The fire originated in a basement storage closet. It took firefighters approximately 15 minutes to bring the fire under control. During salvage and overhaul operations, firefighters also discovered illegal fireworks stored in the basement. The unexploded fireworks were confiscated by fire investigators and a notice of violation was issued to the homeowner. The lone occupant escaped unharmed. The occupant has been displaced. Red Cross support was declined. There were no injuries.

Damage is estimated at $75,000.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. A light fixture in the basement storage closet 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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