Fire and Rescue News

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 11-68
Date: September 21, 2011

Accidental Lorton Garage Fire

 Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire Friday, September 16, 2011, at approximately 12:50 p.m., 2011, in the Lorton area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located 8749 Bitterroot Court.

Firefighters encountered fire coming from the attached two-car garage of the two-story home and a vehicle on fire in the driveway upon arrival. Firefighters conducted an offensive fire attack and quickly extinguished the fire in the garage and vehicle. Firefighters also provided exposure protection to the living area of the home, minimizing additional property damage to the home. Three adults and two children were displaced. Red Cross assistance was declined. There were no injuries.

Damage is estimated at $55,000.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. The fire was caused by an electrical anomaly in the garage.

Electrical Safety Tips

  • Replace or repair loose or frayed cords on all electrical devices.
  • Avoid overloading outlets. Plug only one high-wattage appliance into each receptacle outlet at a time.
  • If your power goes out a lot or the lights in your home flicker, smell bad, or make noise, have an electrician come in to inspect your wiring.
  • The electrical outlet in the bathroom should have a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI). This is a tool that protects you from dangerous shock when water and electricity come together. An electrician can install a GFCI for you.
  • All electrical outlets and switches should be covered by "face plates."
  • When possible, avoid the use of "cube taps" and other devices that allow the connection of multiple appliances into a single receptacle.
  • Inspect electrical cords to make sure they are in good condition.
  • Consider having additional circuits or outlets added by a qualified electrician so you do not have to use extension cords.
  • Don't tie or knot electrical cords.
  • Don't let furniture sit on electrical cords.
  • Follow the manufacturer's instruction for plugging an appliance into a receptacle outlet.

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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