Fire and Rescue News

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 11-47
Date: July 1, 2011

Accidental Mount Vernon House Fire

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire, Thursday, June 30, 2011, at approximately 11:20 p.m. in the Mount Vernon area of Fairfax County.  The single family home is located at 2620 Childs Lane.

Firefighters encountered heavy smoke and fire coming from the rear of the rambler style home upon arrival.   Firefighters attacked the fire from the exterior with several hose lines, bringing the fire under control in approximately 20 minutes, minimizing further damage to the interior of the home.  Firefighters conducted extensive overhaul operations to ensure all fires had been extinguished.  The deck, siding in the rear, eaves, and portions of the roof sustained considerable fire damage.  Two adults have been displaced.  There were no injuries.

Damage estimate is to be determined.

The fire was accidental.  Improperly discarded smoking materials on the porch caused the fire.

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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