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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): 703-280-0694
Media Information Line: 703-324-3000

News Release 09-07
Date: January 21, 2009

Smoke Alarm Alerts Residents to Fire

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire at approximately 12:20 a.m., Wednesday, January 21, 2009, in the Lincolnia area. The single-family home is located at 6524 Elmdate Road.

Firefighters encountered fire and smoke coming from the basement of the three-story home upon arrival. Firefighters brought the fire under control in approximately 25 minutes. Sounding smoke alarms alerted the family to the fire in the basement; all occupants escaped the fire. One occupant received a minor injury and was treated at the scene. Three adults and two children have been displaced. Red Cross is assisting the family. 

Damage is estimated at $60,000.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. An electric space heater too close to combustibles caused the fire.


Alternate Heating Source Safety Tips

  • Keep at least three feet of clearance between your alternate heat source and anything combustible.
  • Never leave a heater on when you are not in the room or when you go to sleep, and never leave children or pets unattended near heating sources.
  • Only use heaters that have been tested to the latest safety standards and certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL). These heaters will have the most up-to-date safety features, such as automatic shut-offs. It is important to install and use heaters according to manufacturer’s recommendations. 

For more information, call Daniel L. Schmidt or Lieutenant Ral G. Castillo, 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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