Fire and Rescue News

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 11-54
Date: July 27, 2011

Accidental Annandale House Fire

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire, Wednesday, July 27, 2011, at approximately 7:45 a.m., in the Annandale area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 9203 Alyssum Way.

Firefighters reported heavy smoke coming from both floors of the two-story home upon arrival. Fire crews entered the home from the rear and basement, conducting an aggressive interior fire attack. Firefighters brought the fire under control in approximately 10 minutes. Smoke alarms were present and activated. The home had not been lived in recently. 

Damage is estimated at $75,000.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. An overheating dehumidifier placed too close to combustibles 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 don’t 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
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