Discarded Smoking Materials Cause Centreville Fire

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 12-15
Date:  February 29, 2012

According to fire investigators, the cause of the house fire February 27, 2012, at 6304 Hunt Chase Court, was accidental. Improperly discarded smoking materials on the second floor rear deck caused the fire.

Discarded Smoking Materials Safety Tips

  • Completely douse butts and ashes with water before throwing them away as they can smolder and cause a fire.
  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Provide large, deep ashtrays with a center support for smokers. Check furniture for any dropped ashes before going to bed. Empty ashes into a fireproof container with water and sand.
  • Keep smoking materials away from anything that can burn (i.e., mattresses, bedding, upholstered furniture, draperies, etc.).
  • Never smoke in a home where oxygen is being used.
  • If you smoke, choose fire-safe cigarettes. They are less likely to cause fires. 
  • To prevent a deadly cigarette fire, you must be alert. You won’t be if you are sleepy, have been drinking, or have taken medicine or other drugs.
  • Keep matches and lighters up high, out of children's sight and reach.

Smoke Alarms Alert West Centreville Occupants

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire, Monday, February 27, 2012, at approximately 4:45 p.m. in the Centreville area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 6304 Hunt Chase Court.

Firefighters saw heavy smoke and fire coming from the rear and through the roof of the two-story home upon arrival. Firefighters conducted an initial interior fire attack, however, withdrew due to the overwhelming amount of fire on the entire second floor and attic area.  Firefighters continued the fire attack from exterior positions, bringing the fire under control in approximately 40 minutes. Firefighters performed extensive salvage and overhaul operations for more than an hour after the fire was extinguished. Sounding smoke alarms provided early warning for the occupants, allowing them to escape. The five adult occupants have been displaced and are being supported by the Red Cross. Paramedics transported one of the occupants to the Washington Hospital Burn Center with non-life threatening injuries. Several of the family pets are missing.

Damage is estimated at $750,000.

The fire is under investigation.

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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