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Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 10-35
Date: March 11, 2010

Falls Church Man Dies From Fire

Daniel J. Fissell, 35, of 7246 Idylwood Road, died today from injuries from a house fire on March 6, 2010.

The medical examiner will determine the cause of death.

This is the fifth County fire fatality for 2010.

Accidental Falls Church House Fire

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire Saturday, March 6, 2010, at approximately 6:20 a.m., in the Falls Church area of Fairfax County. The single family home is located at 7246 Idylwood Road.

Firefighters encountered heavy smoke and fire coming from the basement and sides of the two-story home upon arrival. Firefighters brought the fire under control in approximately 20 minutes. The fire started in the basement. An occupant of the home attempted to extinguish the fire prior to the arrival of emergency crews. The occupant received injuries from the fire and was medevaced to the Washington Hospital Burn Center with life threatening injuries. One firefighter received a non-life threatening injury. A total of three occupants have been displaced.

Damage is estimated at $225,000.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. Improper disposal of 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.
Duty PIO (Weekends/After-hours): 703-877-3702
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