Accidental Huntington House Fire

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 11-105
Date:  December 27, 2011 


Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire, Monday, December 26, 2011, at approximately 10:20 p.m., in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 2201 Huntington Avenue.

Upon arrival, firefighters encountered smoke coming from the front of the two-story, duplex home. Firefighters conducted an aggressive fire attack and extinguished the fire in approximately 10 minutes. All residents escaped without injury prior to the arrival of the fire department. Smoke alarms were credited with alerting a resident who was sleeping in the second floor bedroom. Three occupants have been displaced. Red Cross assistance was not necessary. There were no injuries to residents or firefighters.

Damage is estimated at $20,000.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. An electrical anomaly located within the Christmas lights of an artificial tree caused the fire.

Christmas Tree Safety Tips

  • Keep tree base immersed in water.
  • Do not permit smoking near the tree.
  • Use only lights that are Underwriters Laboratories (UL) approved.
  • Use flame retardant decorations and paper.
  • Inspect lights for frayed or cracked wiring, broken plugs, and check for defective sockets.
  • Unplug lights at night and when leaving the home.
  • Remove the tree soon after the holidays–before the needles dry out.

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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