Fairfax County Fire and Rescue wants to educate locals on how to prevent issues with charcoal disposal following a fire in a home in the Wolf Trap area.
Fire investigators say that improper disposal of charcoal briquettes caused the fire on Sunday (June 9) afternoon.
The investigators determined that the fire started by accident on the rear deck in the enclosed covered porch, according to Fairfax County Fire and Rescue.
Firefighters responded around 2 p.m. and quickly extinguished the fire at a two-story, single family home in the 9000 block of Edgepark Road.
No one was injured by the fire, which caused $11,000 worth of damage, according to the fire department.
In an effort to help stop similar fires from happening, the fire department has several safety tips for how to dispose of charcoal after cooking:
- douse the fire with water and make sure the area is cool to the touch
- empty the coals into a metal container with a tight-fitting lid that is used only to collect coals
- place the container outside and keep away from anything that can burn
- do not empty coals directly into a trash can
- store the charcoal starter fluid away from children and the heat source
The fire department also has a video about grilling safety.
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