Improperly Discarded Smoking Materials Cause Herndon House Fire


Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department
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Phone: 703-246-3801, TTY: 711 and Fax:703-385-1687
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News Release 14-61
Date: June 19, 2014

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at approximately 1 p.m., in the Herndon area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 12645 Terrymill Drive.

Firefighters encountered heavy fire on the front of the two-story home upon arrival. Firefighters conducted an aggressive fire attack and brought the fire under control in approximately 40 minutes. A neighbor, an off-duty Montgomery County Firefighter, alerted the occupants that the exterior of the home was on fire. He also assisted with evacuating a wheel chair bound occupant.

A total of six adult occupants and one dog were displaced. Red Cross assistance was offered but declined. One person was treated on the scene for a non-life threatening injury.

Damage is estimated at $350,000.

According to fire investigators, the cause of the fire was improperly discarded smoking materials.


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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