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Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 10-95
Date: November 2, 2010

Smoke Alarm Alerts Occupant to House Fire

 Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire at approximately 4:55 p.m., November 1, 2010, in the Herndon area of Fairfax County. The home is located at 2600 Quincy Adams Drive in Fox Mill Estates.

Firefighters arrived with heavy smoke and fire showing from all sides of the two-story, single-family home. Crews initiated an exterior attack of the fire, knocking the bulk of the fire down. Firefighters subsequently followed with interior fire operations. The lone occupant was alerted by a smoke alarm while in the shower and escaped the home unharmed. It took firefighters about 30 minutes to bring the fire under control. Three firefighters were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The occupant did not request Red Cross support.  

Damage is estimated at $200,000. 

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. Improperly discarded smoking materials on the screened porch in the rear of the home 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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Last Modified: Monday, August 29, 2011

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