Occupants Attempt to Extinguish Pohick Townhouse Fire

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 13-04
Date:  January 11, 2013

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a townhouse fire, Thursday, January 10, 2013, at approximately 6:10 p.m. in the Pohick area of Fairfax County. The single family home is located at 7408 Willshire Hunt Court.

Firefighters reported smoke coming from the basement of the two-story middle unit townhouse upon arrival. Firefighters found the bulk of the fire in a room in the basement located near an electrical panel. Firefighters used a hose line to extinguish the fire in the room and simultaneously firefighters used a dry chemical fire extinguisher to stop the growing electrical panel fire. The home did not have working smoke alarms. The occupants initially delayed calling 911 as they attempted to extinguish the fire themselves; however, they left the basement after the fire continued to quickly grow in size and volume. The occupants did escape unharmed. Three adults have been displaced. Red Cross support was declined.

Minimum damage is estimated at $50,000.

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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