Smoking Materials Cause Oakton 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
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News Release 14-15
Date:  February 12, 2014

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire, Monday, February 10, 2014, at approximately 10:25 p.m., in the Oakton area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 2615 Hunter Mill Road.

Firefighters encountered heavy smoke coming from the front of the two-story home upon arrival. Firefighters conducted an aggressive fire attack and quickly brought the fire under control in an upstairs bedroom. Fire damage was contained to the bedroom. The occupants escaped the home prior to firefighters arriving. There were no working smoking alarms in the home. Four adults and one child have been displaced. Red Cross support was offered but declined by the occupants. There were no injuries.

Damage is estimated at $20,000.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. Improperly disposed smoking materials caused the fire.


Discarded Smoking Materials Safety Tips


  • Completely douse butts and ashes with water before throwing them away as they can smolder and cause a fire.
  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Provide large, deep ashtrays with a center support for smokers. Check furniture for any dropped ashes before going to bed. Empty ashes into a fireproof container with water and sand.
  • Keep smoking materials away from anything that can burn (i.e., mattresses, bedding, upholstered furniture, draperies, etc.).
  • Never smoke in a home where oxygen is being used.
  • If you smoke, choose fire-safe cigarettes. They are less likely to cause fires. 
  • To prevent a deadly cigarette fire, you must be alert. You won’t be if you are sleepy, have been drinking, or have taken medicine or other drugs.
  • Keep matches and lighters up high, out of children's sight and reach.


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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