Accidental Great Falls House Fire

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 13-61
Date:  May 24, 2013

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire, Thursday, May 23, 2013, at approximately 6:25 p.m., in the Great Falls area of Fairfax County. The single family home is located at 10422 Deerfoot Drive.

Firefighters encountered smoke and fire coming from the rear deck upon arrival. Firefighters conducted an aggressive fire attack and brought the fire under control in approximately 15 minutes. The Incident Commander called for a tanker task force and used a nearby water source to fight the fire because of the lack of hydrants in the area. The fire was contained to the deck, siding, and some minor fire extension inside the home. The occupants were inside and called 911 when they heard a loud noise from the outside. The home had working smoke alarms. The occupants have been displaced. Red Cross support was offered but declined by the occupants. There were no injuries.

Damage is estimated at $75,000.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. The cause of the fire was a barbeque grill on the deck.

Grill Safety Tips

  • Grills should be placed at least 15 feet from any home, building, or combustibles to ensure adequate air circulation.
  • Charcoal must be kept dry. Wet charcoal can spontaneously ignite. Spare propane bottles should be stored outside away from the home. A backyard shed is a good place.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill. Grills continue to give off heat long after cooking has stopped.
  • Never place hot ashes in paper or plastic bags or containers. Only use metal containers for hot ashes.
  • Use Underwriters Laboratories (UL) approved electrical starters in place of lighter fluid.
  • Never use a gas or charcoal fueled grill on apartment or condominium balconies, doing so is against the law. However, electric grills listed by a recognized testing authority may be used on balconies.

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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