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Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 11-013
Date: February 14, 2011

Accidental Springfield Building Fire

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a commercial building fire, Saturday, February 12, 2011, at approximately 6 p.m., in the North Springfield Park area of Fairfax County. The office building, home to Professional Tax Accountants, is located at 7009 Backlick Court.

Firefighters encountered heavy smoke and fire coming from an end unit one-story building upon arrival. Firefighters conducted an aggressive offensive interior fire attack and brought the fire under control in approximately 15 minutes. Because the structure was part of larger two-story townhouse type office complex, the heavy volume of fire, and the potential for the fire to spread, the Incident Command struck a second alarm bringing approximately 60 firefighters to the scene. There were no injuries. The business was unoccupied where the fire broke out and the occupants will be displaced.

Damage is estimated at $200,000.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. Improper disposal of smoking materials in a plastic waste basket 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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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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