Smoking Materials Cause 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 14-42
Date:  April 23, 2014

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at approximately 1 a.m., in the Chantilly area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 13303 Hollinger Avenue.

Firefighters encountered heavy smoke and fire coming from the roof of the attached garage 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 stop the fire quickly, allowing only minor smoke and fire extension into the interior of the home. A smoke alarm activated inside the home. An adult male who was home when the fire broke out received non-life threatening injuries and was transported to INOVA Fairfax Hospital. He was treated and released. Red Cross support was offered but declined.

Damage is estimated at $65,000.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. Improperly discarded 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 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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