Smoke Alarm Alerts Herndon Occupants
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department
News Release 13-74
Date: July 24, 2013
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a townhouse fire, Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at approximately 7:20 a.m. in the Herndon area of Fairfax County. The single family home is located at 410 Spruce Court.
Firefighters encountered smoke and fire coming from the main level of the two-story end unit townhouse. The fire was brought under control in approximately 20 minutes. The fire originated in a bedroom on the main level. The occupants escaped unharmed after being alerted by a sounding smoke alarm. There were no injuries. Nine occupants have been displaced. Red Cross support was offered but declined by the occupants.
Damage is estimated at $60,000.
According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. An unattended candle in a bedroom caused the fire.
Candle Safety Tips
- Do not place candles near combustible materials.
- Place candles in glass or ceramic containers.
- Place candles on a flat, sturdy surface.
- Never leave children unattended in a room with an open flame candle.
- Do not place candles on window ledges or near entryways. The potential air draft can “fan” the flame, catching curtains or other materials on fire.
- Do keep burning candles within sight at all times. Candles can present fire hazards outdoors on decks and patios as well as inside your home.
- Always extinguish candles before leaving the home.
- Place all candles on a protected, heat resistant, dry surface away from anything that can catch fire and out of the reach of children and pets.
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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services and activities. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request.
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