Hot Exhaust Causes Fairfax Center House Fire

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 13-40
Date:  April, 11, 2013

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire, Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at approximately 12:35 p.m. in the Fairfax Center area of Fairfax County. The single family home is located at 5105 Pheasant Ridge Road.

Firefighters encountered heavy smoke and fire coming from the garage area and rear of the two-story home upon arrival. Firefighters conducted an aggressive exterior and interior fire attack bringing the fire under control in approximately 45 minutes. Firefighters acted quickly to contain the outside brush fire that was rapidly moving to trees and other nearby homes. The incident commander struck a second alarm and another special alarm to ensure the protection of other homes. The garage posed a significant hazard to firefighters with the storage of gasoline and vehicles in and near the garage. The home also contained numerous combustible items that hampered firefighting efforts. The fire started on the outside of home and quickly spread igniting the siding of the home.

The single adult male occupant was home when the fire broke out and escaped unharmed and has been displaced. Red Cross support was offered but declined by the occupant. Three firefighters received non-life threatening injuries; one was flown to the Washington Hospital Burn Center.

Damage is estimated at $231,500.

According fire investigators, the fire was accidental. The cause of the fire was the hot exhaust of a riding lawn tractor igniting nearby dry ground cover.

For more information, call Daniel L. Schmidt or Captain I Randal Bittinger,
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, 703-246-3801 and TTY: 711.
Duty PIO (Weekends/After-hours): 703-877-3702
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