Accidental 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
Duty PIO (Weekends/After-hours): 703-877-3702
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News Release 13-141
Date:  December 30, 2013

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a townhouse fire, Saturday, December 28, 2013, at approximately 7:50 p.m., in the Centreville area of Fairfax County. The townhouse is located at 14361 Cedar Key Landing.

Firefighters encountered smoke and fire coming from the front and roof of a middle unit, two-story townhouse upon arrival. The fire was initially reported by FFX 1 helicopter. The Incident Commander struck a second alarm, bringing approximately 60 firefighters to the scene. Firefighter conducted an aggressive fire attack and brought the fire under control in approximately 20 minutes. Firefighters contained the fire to the second floor and roof of the townhouse, with minor fire extension to an adjacent unit. No one was home when the fire broke out. Three adults and three children were displaced from the fire dwelling, and three occupants from the adjacent townhouse. Red Cross is assisting the occupants. There were no injuries.

Damage is estimated at $150,000.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. An electrical power strip in an upstairs bedroom caused the fire.

To view the fire from FFX 1 go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ui9kAkc0JIQ


Electrical Safety Tips


  • Replace or repair loose or frayed cords on all electrical devices.
  • Avoid overloading outlets. Plug only one high-wattage appliance into each receptacle outlet at a time.
  • If your power goes out a lot or the lights in your home flicker, smell bad, or make noise, have an electrician come in to inspect your wiring.   
  • The electrical outlet in the bathroom should have a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI).  This is a tool that protects you from dangerous shock when water and electricity come together.  An electrician can install a GFCI for you.
  • All electrical outlets and switches should be covered by “face plates.”
  • When possible, avoid the use of “cube taps” and other devices that allow the connection of multiple appliances into a single receptacle.
  • Inspect electrical cords to make sure they are in good condition.
  • Consider having additional circuits or outlets added by a qualified electrician so you do not have to use extension cords.
  • Don’t tie or knot electrical cords.
  • Don’t let furniture sit on electrical cords.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instruction for plugging an appliance into a receptacle outlet.


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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