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Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 11-002
Date: January 4, 2011

Springfield Apartment Fire

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a garden apartment fire, Monday, January 3, 2011, at approximately 7:45 p.m. in the Springfield area. The apartment is located at 5738 Backlick Road, #103.

Upon their arrival, firefighters encountered smoke and fire coming from the rear of the three-story apartment building that was quickly spreading to the above apartment. Firefighters conducted an offensive interior fire attack and simultaneously searched for any occupants. The fire was primarily contained to the apartment of fire origin; however, there was minor smoke and water damage to two other units. It took firefighters approximately 30 minutes to bring the fire under control. Four adults and three children have been displaced from the apartment of fire origin. Two adults and two children were also displaced from the apartment above. The property management company has provided shelter support to all the displaced occupants. There were no injuries.

Damage is estimated $50,000.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. A child playing with an unattended candle caused the fire. 

Candle Safety Tips

  • Do not place candles near combustible materials.
  • Place candles in glass or ceramic containers.
  • Place candles on a flat, sturdy surface.
  • Never leave children unattended in a room with an open flame candle.
  • Do not place candles on window ledges or near entryways. The potential air draft can “fan” the flame, catching curtains or other materials on fire.
  • Do keep burning candles within sight at all times. Candles can present fire hazards outdoors on decks and patios as well as inside your home.
  • Always extinguish candles before leaving the home.
  • Place all candles on a protected, heat resistant, dry surface away from anything that can catch fire and out of the reach of children and pets.

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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services and activities. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request.
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Fairfax, VA 22030


Last Modified: Monday, August 29, 2011

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