Accidental West Annandale House Fire

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 11-98
Date:  December 12, 2011 

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire, Saturday, December 10, 2011, at approximately 11:30 p.m., in the west Annandale area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 3708 Prosperity Avenue.

Firefighters encountered smoke and fire inside the home and carport of the two-story upon arrival. Firefighters conducted an aggressive fire attack and extinguished the fire in approximately 10 minutes. The occupants were not at home when the fire broke, however, arrived shortly after the fire started. One of the occupants attempted to rescue the family dog, but was unable to because of the heavy smoke conditions throughout the home. The dog perished in the fire. The occupant was treated at the scene for non-life threatening injuries. Two occupants have been displaced. Red Cross support was not necessary. There were no other injuries.

Damage is estimated at $100,000.

According to officer-in-charge, the fire was accidental. An electrical strip containing Christmas lights near a Christmas 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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