Accidental Mount Vernon Apartment Fire

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 12-68
Date:  September 24, 2012

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to an apartment fire, Saturday, September 22, 2012, at approximately 10:05 a.m. in the Mount Vernon area of Fairfax County. The garden apartment is located at 7947 Richmond Highway.

Firefighters encountered heavy smoke and fire coming from the top floor and eaves of the three-story apartment upon arrival. The Incident Commander struck a second alarm, bringing approximately 60 firefighters to the scene. Firefighters initiated an aggressive fire attack, bringing the fire under control in approximately 20 minutes. Firefighters were able to confine the fire to the apartment of origin. Firefighters ensured all occupants of the apartment complex were evacuated. Seventeen occupants were evacuated during the fire, and all were allowed to return later. Two adults and one child have been displaced. The occupants were not at home when the fire broke out. The apartment management company was able to make a nearby vacant apartment for the displaced family available. There were no injuries. 

Damage is estimated at $60,000.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. A halogen lamp too close to combustibles caused the fire.

Combustibles Too Close to a Heating Source Safety Tips

  • Keep at least three feet of clearance between your alternate heating source and anything combustible.
  • Do not store combustible materials in closed areas or near a heat source.

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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