Smoke Alarms Alert Residents in Reston House Fire

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 13-28
Date:  March 22, 2013

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire, Thursday, March 21, 2013, at approximately 10:40 p.m. in the Reston area of Fairfax County. The single family home is located at 10736 Midsummer Drive.

Firefighters reported heavy smoke and fire coming from the attic and roof of ranch style home upon arrival. Firefighters conducted an aggressive fire attack and brought the fire under control in approximately 15 minutes. Firefighters conducted extensive overhaul operations to ensure all hidden fire hot spots within the attic were extinguished. Sounding smoke alarms activated and provided early warning for both of the occupants, who escaped unharmed. Both occupants have been displaced. Red Cross support was offered but declined by the occupants. There were no injuries.

Damage is estimated at $110,000.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. A drop light in the attic 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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