Accidental Alexandria 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 13-36
Date:  April, 02, 2013

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire Monday, April 1, 2013, at approximately 7:35 p.m., in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County. The single family home is located at 3005 Marl-Pat Drive.

Firefighters encountered smoke and fire in the basement of the split-level home upon arrival. Firefighters located the seat of the fire in the laundry room; however, the fire had already spread to the rear wall of the home. Firefighters conducted an aggressive fire attack and brought the fire under control in less than 15 minutes. Additionally, gusty wind conditions challenged exterior firefighting efforts. Two adults and two children escaped the home unharmed prior to firefighters arriving. Red Cross support was offered but declined by the occupants.  There were no injuries.

Damage is estimated at $60,000.

According to the incident commander, the fire was accidental. The preliminary cause of the fire was an unidentified electrical source in the laundry room.


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 William Moreland, 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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