Accidental Kings Park West 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
Duty PIO (Weekends/After-hours): 703-877-3702
fire-rescue.PA-LSE@fairfaxcounty.gov


News Release 12-66
Date:  September 17, 2012

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire, Saturday, September 15, 2012, at approximately 3:45 a.m. in the Kings Park West area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 10027 Llewellyn Court.

Firefighters encountered smoke and fire coming from the second floor of the two-story, split-level home upon arrival. Firefighters conducted an aggressive fire attack and brought the fire under control in approximately five minutes. The two occupants were able to escape the home prior to the arrival of firefighters. An adult male was transported to the Washington Hospital Burn Center for burns. An adult female was transported to INOVA Fairfax Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Both occupants have been displaced. Red Cross support was declined.

Damage is estimated at $100,000.

According to fire investigators, the fire originated in a second floor bedroom and was caused by improperly discarded smoking materials.


Discarded Smoking Materials Safety Tips


  • Completely douse butts and ashes with water before throwing them away as they can smolder and cause a fire.
  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Provide large, deep ashtrays with a center support for smokers. Check furniture for any dropped ashes before going to bed. Empty ashes into a fireproof container with water and sand.
  • Keep smoking materials away from anything that can burn (i.e., mattresses, bedding, upholstered furniture, draperies, etc.).
  • Never smoke in a home where oxygen is being used.
  • If you smoke, choose fire-safe cigarettes. They are less likely to cause fires. 
  • To prevent a deadly cigarette fire, you must be alert. You won’t be if you are sleepy, have been drinking, or have taken medicine or other drugs.
  • Keep matches and lighters up high, out of children's sight and reach.


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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