Accidental Falls Church Fire Displaces 19

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 13-32
Date:  March 29, 2013

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a garden apartment fire, Thursday, March 28, 2013, at approximately 7:35 p.m. in the Falls Church area of Fairfax County. The garden apartment complex is located at 3405 Carlyn Hill Drive.

Firefighters encountered heavy fire coming from the top floor and roof of the four-story garden apartment upon arrival. The incident commander struck a second alarm due to the potential of rapidly spreading fire on the roof of the 32 apartment complex. Approximately 60 firefighters came to the fire scene. Firefighters simultaneously conducted evacuation and search and rescue operations throughout the complex, evacuating approximately 100 occupants. Other firefighting crews conducted an aggressive fire attack, bringing the fire under control in approximately 30 minutes and keeping most of the fire damage contained to the apartment of origin. Two occupants have been displaced from the apartment where the fire started, and 17 others have been displaced from seven other apartments. Sounding smoke alarms provided early warning for the occupants. Red Cross is assisting those displaced. One firefighter sustained a non-life threatening injury while fighting the fire.

Damage is estimated at $100,000.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. A malfunctioning microwave caused the fire.

Small Appliance Fire Safety Tips

  • Immediately fix appliances or lamps that sputter or spark.
  • Keep appliances away from wet areas, especially in the kitchen, bathroom, basement, and garage.
  • Keep appliances away from combustibles.
  • Use extension cords wisely and donít overload them; make sure the plastic is not worn away or coming apart.
  • Never use an extension cord as permanent wiring.

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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