Electrical Panel Causes House Fire

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 13-16
Date:  February 4, 2013

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire, Friday, February 1, 2013, at approximately 2:15 p.m., in the Pohick area of Fairfax County. The single family home is located at 8281 Morning Dew Court.

Firefighters encountered heavy smoke and fire coming from the bottom level and through the roof of the two-story split level home upon arrival. Firefighters encountered strong and gusty winds while conducting an aggressive fire attack. A second alarm was called due to the heavy wind conditions and the rapid spreading of fire, bringing over 60 firefighters to the emergency scene. It took firefighters approximately 30 minutes to bring the fire under control. All occupants escaped the home unharmed. Two adults and two children have been displaced. A contractor working in the home sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to the Washington Hospital Burn Center. Firefighters rescued six dogs, however, one of the dogs perished in the fire.

The home was complete loss. An adjacent home received minor fire damage to the siding.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. An electrical panel 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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