Accidental Annandale 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 13-104
Date:  September 30, 2013

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire, Sunday, September 29, 2013, at approximately 12:50 p.m., in the Annandale area of Fairfax County. The single family home is located at 7300 Franklin Road.

Firefighters encountered smoke and fire coming from the front and side of the one story rambler home upon arrival. Firefighters conducted an aggressive fire attack and brought the fire under control in approximately 10 minutes. Three occupants self-evacuated prior to the fire department's arrival. Two adults were transported by ground to MedStar for observation. Red Cross is supporting the six displaced occupants.

There were no working smoke alarms in the home.

Damage is estimated at $75,000.

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