Smoke Alarm Alerts Herndon Occupants

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

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. 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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