Accidental Herndon Townhouse Fire

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 12-20
Date:  March 19, 2012

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a townhouse fire, Saturday, March 17, 2012, at approximately 9:55 a.m., in the Herndon area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 2488 Michael Lawrence Place.

Firefighters saw smoke and fire coming from rear of the townhouse upon arrival. The fire was located in an upstairs bedroom and quickly extinguished. Overhaul and salvage operations were conducted, ensuring the fire had not spread further. Three adults have been displaced. Red Cross assistance was declined. One adult female and one adult male were transported to Reston Hospital Center for non-life threatening burns received after attempting to extinguish the fire. 

Damage is estimated at $20,000.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. A curling iron too close to clothing caused the fire.

Small Appliance Fire Safety Tips

  • Immediately fix appliances or lamps that sputter or spark.
  • Keep appliances away from wet areas, especially in the kitchen, bathroom, basement, and garage.
  • Keep appliances away from combustibles.
  • Use extension cords wisely and donít overload them; make sure the plastic is not worn away or coming apart.
  • Never use an extension cord as permanent wiring.

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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