Accidental West Centreville Apartment Fire

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 13-142
Date:  December 30, 2013

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a garden apartment fire, Saturday, December 28, 2013, at approximately 7:10 p.m., in the West Centreville area of Fairfax County. The Forest Glen Senior Apartments are located at 14401 Woodmere Court.

Firefighters encountered heavy smoke on the second floor of the four-story, 83-unit apartment complex upon arrival. Fire alarms in the building activated with several occupants on a balcony in distress. The Incident Command struck a second alarm, bringing approximately 60 firefighters to the scene. Firefighters simultaneously conducted a primary search and fire attack in a second floor bedroom, rescuing two occupants. The fire was quickly extinguished in the bedroom closet. Additionally, apartment sprinklers activated helping to control the fire. Two occupants were transported to Fairfax INOVA Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Five occupants in three separate units have been displaced due the heavy water damage.

Damage is estimated at $10,000.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. An iron in a bedroom closet caused the fire.

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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