Candle Causes West Centreville 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 12-99
Date:  December 3, 2012

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a townhouse fire, Sunday, December 2, 2012, at approximately 2 p.m. in the West Centreville area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 5650 Chapel Run Court.

Firefighters encountered smoke and fire coming from the front of the two-story middle townhouse unit upon arrival. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire in the kitchen area. The occupants were away when the fire broke out. Two adults, one teenager, and a dog have been displaced. There were no injuries. Red Cross is supporting the family.

Damage is estimated at $100,000.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. An unattended candle in the kitchen caused the fire.


Candle Safety Tips


  • Do not place candles near combustible materials.
  • Place candles in glass or ceramic containers.
  • Place candles on a flat, sturdy surface.
  • Never leave children unattended in a room with an open flame candle.
  • Do not place candles on window ledges or near entryways. The potential air draft can “fan” the flame, catching curtains or other materials on fire.
  • Do keep burning candles within sight at all times. Candles can present fire hazards outdoors on decks and patios as well as inside your home.
  • Always extinguish candles before leaving the home.
  • Place all candles on a protected, heat resistant, dry surface away from anything that can catch fire and out of the reach of children and pets.


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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