Firefighters Rescue Burke Man from Bedroom


Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 13-100
Date:  September 18, 2013

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire, Wednesday, September 18, 2013, at approximately 4:05 a.m., in the Burke area of Fairfax County. The single family home is located at 9709 Church Way

Firefighters encountered smoke coming from the garage, rear, and second floor of the two-story home upon arrival. Enroute to the fire, firefighters received several reports of a trapped person on the second floor of the home. Firefighters conducted a primary search and found an adult male in a second floor bedroom and rescued him by ground ladder. The fire was brought under control in approximately 40 minutes. The origin of the fire was a room on the first floor to the rear of the garage. Paramedics treated and then transported the adult male to INOVA Fairfax Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The occupant has been displaced.

Damage is estimated at $100,000.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. An unattended candle on the first floor 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.
Duty PIO (Weekends/After-hours): 703-877-3702
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