Smoke Alarms Alert Residents to 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
fire-rescue.PA-LSE@fairfaxcounty.gov

News Release 13-38
Date:  April, 09, 2013

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a townhouse fire, Monday, April 8, 2013, at approximately 6:45 a.m., in the Lorton area of Fairfax County. The single family home is located at 9667 Potters Hill Circle.

Firefighters encountered heavy smoke coming from the garage, and light smoke from the windows in the rear of the three-story, middle unit townhouse upon arrival. Firefighters mounted an aggressive interior and exterior fire attack and brought the fire under control in approximately 10 minutes. Extensive overhaul and salvage operations were conducted throughout the home. Sounding smoke alarms provided early warning for the occupants, all escaping unharmed. Several adjacent townhomes received light smoke damage and were able to reoccupy after ventilation efforts by firefighters. Three adults and four children have been displaced. Red Cross is supporting the occupants. One firefighter was transported to the INOVA Lorton HealthPlex for a non-life threatening injury.

Damage is estimated at $150,000, including a vehicle inside the garage.

According to the incident commander, the fire was accidental. The fire originated in a trash receptacle in the garage.


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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