Accidental Reston 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
Duty PIO (Weekends/After-hours): 703-877-3702
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News Release 13-118
Date:  October 30, 2013

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a townhouse fire, Tuesday, October 29, 2013, at approximately 5:20 p.m., in the Reston area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 11686 Generation Court.

Firefighters encountered smoke and fire from the rear of the three-story, middle townhouse unit upon arrival. Firefighters conducted an aggressive fire attack in a third floor bedroom and quickly extinguished the fire. The fire was contained to the townhouse of origin, with no fire extension to adjoining townhouses. No one was home when the fire broke out. A neighbor walking to the rear of the townhouse noticed the fire and called 911. Two adults have been displaced. Red Cross support was offered but declined by the occupants. Smoke alarms were present and activated. There were no injuries.

Damage is estimated at $75,000.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. Improperly discarded smoking materials caused the fire.


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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