Springfield House Fire

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 12-44
Date:  June 21, 2012

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire, Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at approximately 3 p.m., in the Springfield area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 8725 Etta Drive in Springfield.

Firefighters encountered smoke and fire coming from the two-story single-family home with fire emitting from the roof of the structure and fire throughout the attic area. Firefighters initiated an initial interior attack with hand lines from the second floor of the structure but were forced to retreat and perform a brief exterior fire attack due to the roof becoming weak and collapsing onto the second floor. Crews then utilized elevated master stream operations and exterior hose lines to knock down the fire and then re-entered the structure to complete the extinguishment.

There was one adult occupant home at the time of the fire. He was alerted by a passerby and escaped without injury. There were two firefighters injured on the scene with non-life threating injuries. Both were transported to area hospitals. 

Two other occupants were displaced, bringing the total to three. Red Cross support was not needed.

Damage is estimated to be $320,000.

Fire Investigators determined the fire to be accidental with the cause being electrical in the area of the attic fan. 

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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