Alexandria Area Mobile Home Explosion, 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
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News Release 14-40
Date:  April 17, 2014

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to an explosion and mobile home fire Thursday, April 17, 2014, at approximately 9:30 a.m., in the Mount Vernon area of Fairfax County. The mobile home is located at 7806 Eagle Avenue, Audubon Estates Mobile Home Park, in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County.

Firefighters encountered a single mobile home on fire and collateral damage to several other mobile homes from a natural gas explosion. Firefighters brought the fire under control in approximately 30 minutes. Five occupants were home when the gas explosion occurred; however, they were not injured. The fire also extended to a nearby shed and two vehicles. Ten mobile homes were damaged in the low order explosion, causing broken windows and siding damage. Three other homes also received fire exposure damage. Eight occupants have been displaced. Red Cross is assisting all those displaced. Incredibly, there were no injuries.

One mobile home is a total loss. Total damage is estimated at $62,000.

According to fire investigators, the cause of the gas leak and the ignition source is undetermined.


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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