Firefighters Save Family Pet in Burke Fire

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 13-41
Date:  April, 16, 2013

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a townhouse fire, Monday, April 15, 2013, at approximately 7 a.m., in the Burke area of Fairfax County. The single family home is located at 5565 MacDuff Court.

Firefighters encountered heavy smoke coming from the rear of the middle unit townhouse upon arrival. Firefighters conducted an interior fire attack in an upstairs rear bedroom and quickly brought the fire under control. Smoke alarms provided early warning for the occupants, all escaping unharmed. During search operations, firefighters rescued a dog located in the rear bedroom suffering from burns and smoke inhalation. The dog was treated by paramedics until Animal Control officers arrived and transported the family pet to a veterinary facility. One adult and four children have been displaced. Red Cross support is being provided to the occupants. There were no other injuries.

Damage is estimated at $45,000.

According to the incident commander, the fire was accidental. A fault in a computer laptop power cord caused the fire.

Electrical Safety Tips

  • Replace or repair loose or frayed cords on all electrical devices.
  • Avoid overloading outlets. Plug only one high-wattage appliance into each receptacle outlet at a time.
  • If your power goes out a lot or the lights in your home flicker, smell bad, or make noise, have an electrician come in to inspect your wiring.   
  • The electrical outlet in the bathroom should have a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI).  This is a tool that protects you from dangerous shock when water and electricity come together.  An electrician can install a GFCI for you.
  • All electrical outlets and switches should be covered by “face plates.”
  • When possible, avoid the use of “cube taps” and other devices that allow the connection of multiple appliances into a single receptacle.
  • Inspect electrical cords to make sure they are in good condition.
  • Consider having additional circuits or outlets added by a qualified electrician so you do not have to use extension cords.
  • Don’t tie or knot electrical cords.
  • Don’t let furniture sit on electrical cords.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instruction for plugging an appliance into a receptacle outlet.

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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