McLean House Fire Intentionally Set

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 12-09
Date:  February 1, 2012


Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire, Tuesday, January 31, 2012, at approximately 12:55 p.m. in the McLean area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 6941 Old Dominion Drive.


Firefighters encountered heavy smoke coming from the second floor and attic of the cape cod style home upon arrival. Fire crews conducted an aggressive fire attack using multiple hand lines, containing the fire to one room on the second floor and the attic area.  The fire was brought under control in approximately five minutes. Smoke alarms provided early warning for the occupants. Four adults have been displaced. Red Cross is providing support to the family. There were no injuries.

Damage is estimated at $20,000.


Fire investigators charged Chit Nyi Chitty, 29, 6900 block Old Dominion Drive, with the burning of an occupied dwelling. He was charged under Virginia Code, 18.2-77, a Class 3 felony. Chitty is being held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.

Fireplace Safety Tips

  • Ensure that your chimney is cleaned and inspected by a licensed professional once a year.
  • A spark arrestor across the top of a chimney will prevent sparks from igniting your roof.
  • Use the proper fuel (seasoned hardwood, pellets, and gas/propane) for your type of system. Never use gasoline, kerosene, or other flammable liquids to start a fire.
  • Fireplaces should have a sturdy screen across the front to prevent embers from flying or logs from rolling out.
  • When clearing ashes from the fireplace, be sure to put them into a metal container with a lid—never into a cardboard box or paper bag.
  • Follow manufacturer’s instructions carefully.  Many “non-masonry” fireplace/chimney units have limitations on the amount of heat they can safely withstand.

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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