Falls Church Townhouse Explosion, One Injured

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 12-03
Date:  Janyary 9, 2012

      Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a townhouse explosion, Sunday, January 8, at approximately 7:15 p.m., in the Falls Church area of Fairfax County. The townhouse is located at 2852 Pine Spring Road, Falls Church.

      Firefighters were initially called for a medical emergency at the two-story townhouse; however, an explosion had occurred minutes prior to their arrival. An adult male was transported to INOVA Fairfax Hospital for a non-life threatening injury as a result of the explosion.

      According to fire investigators, approximately a dozen aerosol insect repellant containers exploded in the kitchen area causing significant damage to two townhouses. The aerosol cans were ignited by an electrical spark from a nearby refrigerator. The explosion severed several floor joists and pushed out one of the room walls, and caused residual damage to an adjoining townhouse. A total of 11 occupants have been displaced from both townhouses. Red Cross is providing assistance to the displaced occupants. Damage estimate is unavailable.

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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