Accidental Reston 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 13-91
Date:  September 03, 2013

Fairfax County Fire and rescue Department units responded to a house fire, September 2, 2013, at approximately 4:45 p.m., in the Reston area of Fairfax County. The single family home is located at 9840 Coral Bells Drive.

Firefighters found heavy smoke and fire coming from the roof of the two-story home upon arrival. Firefighters conducted an aggressive fire attack and brought the fire under control in approximately 20 minutes. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the attic and roof; however, there was significant water and smoke damage throughout the home. A female adult was home when the fire broke out and escaped unharmed after a neighbor knocked on her front door and alerted her to the fire. According to the occupant, the smoke alarm did not activate. The fire originated in the attic above the smoke alarm.

Damage is estimated at $300,000.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. An attic ventilation fan caused the fire.


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 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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