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News Release 11-004
Date: January 18, 2011

Accidental Falls Church House Fire

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire Friday, January 14, 2011, at approximately 11:10 a.m., in the Falls Church area of Fairfax County. The single family home is located at 2937 Rosemary Lane.

Firefighters saw heavy smoke coming from the attic of the single-story home upon arrival. Firefighters brought the fire under control within 20 minutes. The bulk of the fire was contained to the kitchen area. There was significant smoke and some water damage to other parts of the living area. No one was home when the fire started. Two adults have been displaced. Red Cross is assisting the family. There were no working smoke alarms in the home. One firefighter received a non-life threatening injury.

Damage is estimated at $110,000.

According to fire investigators, a toaster inside an appliance cabinet too close to combustible materials caused the fire. 

Small Appliance Fire Safety Tips

  • Immediately fix appliances or lamps that sputter or spark.
  • Keep appliances away from wet areas, especially in the kitchen, bathroom, basement, and garage.
  • Keep appliances away from combustibles.
  • Use extension cords wisely and dont overload them; make sure the plastic is not worn away or coming apart.
  • Never use an extension cord as permanent wiring.

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
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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Fairfax, VA 22030


Last Modified: Monday, August 29, 2011

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