Accidental West Centreville 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 13-95
Date:  September 10, 2013

Fairfax Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a townhouse fire, Monday, September 9, 2013, at approximately 1:15 p.m., in the Centreville area of Fairfax County. The single family home is located at 14825 Maidstone Court.

Firefighters encountered heavy smoke coming from the rear of the three-story, middle unit townhouse upon arrival. Crews were challenged with several blocked stairs and halls with various household items, making it difficult to find and fight the fire. Firefighters found the smoldering fire in the second floor kitchen, and quickly extinguished it. Firefighters also conducted extensive overhaul and salvage operations throughout the second floor. No one was home when the fire broke out. Red Cross will provide support for the displaced three adults and three children. There were no injuries.

Damage is estimated at $60,000.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. An anomaly in an electrical outlet behind the stove 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 William Moreland, 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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