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News Release 11-005
Date: January 18, 2011

Accidental Clifton House Fire

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire Monday, January 17, 2011, at approximately 4:15 p.m. in the Clifton area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 12441 Popes Head Road.

Firefighters arrived with fire showing from the front and heavy smoke coming from all sides. Firefighters had received reports of someone trapped inside the one-story home prior to their arrival. Firefighters conducted a coordinated fire attack with extensive ventilation while simultaneously performing a thorough primary search for occupants. Firefighters made entry through a side door and then were able to locate and remove an adult male. He was treated at the scene by paramedics, and was subsequently medevaced to the Washington Hospital Burn Center with life-threatening injuries.  Firefighters brought the fire under control in approximately 50 minutes. Two occupants have been displaced. Red Cross assistance was declined. There were no working smoke alarms.  One firefighter received a minor injury and was transported to Fair Oaks Hospital.

Damage is estimated at $80,000.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental and originated in a bedroom. A portable heater too close to combustible materials caused the fire.

Combustibles Too Close to a Heating Source Safety Tips

  • Keep at least three feet of clearance between your alternate heating source and anything combustible.
  • Do not store combustible materials in closed areas or near a heat source.

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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