Accidental Lorton Townhouse Fire

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

 Date:  February 23, 2015

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a townhouse fire Sunday, February 22, 2015, at approximately 12:20 a.m., in the Lorton area of Fairfax County. The townhouse is located at 9510 Greencastle Lane.

Firefighters encountered smoke and fire coming from the first floor of the two-story, middle unit townhouse upon arrival. Firefighters conducted an aggressive fire attack, quickly bringing the fire under control. Two occupants were home when the fire broke out. Smoke alarms activated inside the home; however, a neighbor called 911 to report the fire. Both occupants have been displaced. Red Cross support was offered but declined by the occupants. One occupant was transported with non-life threatening injuries.

Damage is estimated at approximately $173,000, including minor damage to an adjoining townhouse.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. Improperly discarded smoking materials caused the fire.

Discarded Smoking Materials Safety Tips

  • Completely douse butts and ashes with water before throwing them away as they can smolder and cause a fire.
  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Provide large, deep ashtrays with a center support for smokers. Check furniture for any dropped ashes before going to bed. Empty ashes into a fireproof container with water and sand.
  • Keep smoking materials away from anything that can burn (i.e., mattresses, bedding, upholstered furniture, draperies, etc.).
  • Never smoke in a home where oxygen is being used.
  • If you smoke, choose fire-safe cigarettes. They are less likely to cause fires. 
  • To prevent a deadly cigarette fire, you must be alert. You won’t be if you are sleepy, have been drinking, or have taken medicine or other drugs.
  • Keep matches and lighters up high, out of children's sight and reach.
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