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Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 11-58
Date: August 8, 2011

Gunston Fireboat Assists in House Fire

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire, Saturday, August 6, 2011, at approximately 10:55 a.m. in the Gunston area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 10606 Belmont Boulevard.

Firefighters encountered heavy smoke and fire coming from the garage, and attached breezeway connected to the two-story riverfront home upon arrival. Firefighters conducted an aggressive fire attack into the home, attempting to keep the fire from totally engulfing the home. 

Firefighters were challenged on several fronts while fighting the fire. The nearest fire hydrant was over a mile from the fire, heat and humidity were overwhelming, and the road leading to the home was extremely narrow. The Incident Commander committed a tanker in fighting the fire, as well as using Fireboat 420, assigned to the Gunston Fire and Rescue Station. The fireboat drafted water from the Potomac River, establishing a water supply to an awaiting fire engine, and providing the needed water to firefighters conducting an interior and exterior fire attack on the home. Firefighters conducted extensive salvage overhaul operations to ensure the fire was completely out. It took firefighters approximately 30 minutes to bring the fire under control. Approximately half of the home sustained fire and water damage, with extensive smoke damage throughout the structure.   

All of the occupants escaped without injury prior to firefighters arriving on scene. Three adults and three children have been displaced. One firefighter was transported to INOVA Mount Vernon Hospital for a non-life threatening injury and later released. Red Cross is assisting the displaced family.

Damage is estimated at $237,000.

The fire is under investigation.

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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