Accidental Annandale Townhouse Fire

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 12-02
Date:  January 3, 2012

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a townhouse fire, January, 2, 2012, at approximately 6:40 p.m., in the Annandale area of Fairfax County. The single-family townhouse is located at 4809 Backlick Road.

Firefighters saw smoke and fire coming from two basement windows on the ground level from the middle, three-story townhouse upon arrival. Fire was quickly spreading throughout the basement and moving upward. Firefighters conducted an aggressive offensive fire attack, while other crews performed a primary search for occupants. Firefighters brought the fire under control in approximately 10 minutes, confining most of the property damage to the basement and first floor. There was moderate smoke and water damage to the second and third floors. Firefighters conducted extensive overhaul and salvage operations due to possible fire extension in connecting townhomes. Four adults and three children have been displaced. There were no injuries. Red Cross is assisting the occupants.

Damage is estimated at $155,000.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. A child experimenting with a lighter caused the fire.


Juvenile Fire Setters and Fire and Life Safety Education Programs

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department conducts a Juvenile Fire Setters Program for children and youth, 3-17 years of age focusing on fire and its consequences. The program employs a trained Juvenile Fire Setter counselor providing intervention and educational services for approximately 250 children and their families annually. Additionally, fire and life safety educators, through the Every Step of the Way Program, provide educational instruction, addressing fire and burn hazards, and fire and life safety messages. Over 700 programs were conducted last year, reaching over 35,000 high risk children.

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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