A fire broke out in a Vienna home near the Westwood Country Club yesterday (Sunday) afternoon.
Firefighters responded to the house fire in the 400 block of Old Courthouse Road around 2 p.m., according to Fairfax County Fire and Rescue.
Firefighters “quickly extinguished” the fire in the basement, the fire department said.
No firefighter or civilian injuries were reported.
Firefighters say improperly discarded smoking materials led to a house fire in the Wolf Trap area last Friday (May 17).
There were no injuries, but the fire in the Chase Hill neighborhood is estimated to have caused $5,200 in damages.
UPDATE: House fire 9900 block Chase Hill Ct, Wolf Trap 5/17/19. Occupant awoke to see fire on exterior home. Smoke alarms alerted after fire discovered. 7 occupants displaced. Cause: IMPROPER DISPOSAL of SMOKING MATERIALS. Damages: $5,200. No injuries. Sink It or Soak It! #FCFRD pic.twitter.com/eKIgliSN6L
— Fairfax Fire/Rescue (@ffxfirerescue) May 21, 2019
The fire is the latest in what the fire department says has been a trend, with several house fires throughout Fairfax being caused by improper disposal of smoking materials like cigarettes.
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Lucy Berkebile, 73, has become Fairfax County’s first fire fatality of 2019.
On Saturday (March 9) around noon, Fairfax and Arlington county firefighters battled a house fire on the 1400 block of Brookhaven Drive. Despite rescue efforts, Berkebile was found dead in the house.
More via a press release from Fairfax Fire and Rescue:
Units arrived on the scene and observed a large volume of fire coming from a two-story, single family home. Neighbors indicated that an elderly female was likely home. Crews worked aggressively to enter the home and initiate an attack on the fire in order to conduct a search for the occupant. The firefighters efforts were hindered by the large amount of fire and exterior obstacles, such as brush, trees, and debris.
Firefighters began an attack on the fire from outside. The fire was quickly extinguished. No firefighters were injured. One occupant was found deceased in the home.
The fire was discovered by a neighbor who called 9-1-1. It is unknown if there were working smoke alarms in the home.
The cause of this fire remains under investigation. Damages as a result of the fire are approximately $398,750.
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Fairfax County Fire and Rescue is on scene of a small fire at a house in the McLean area.
The fire on the 1200 block of Winter Hunt Road started in a bathroom exhaust fan, the department said via Twitter. It was quickly extinguished, but not before sending light smoke billowing out of the home’s attic.
Firefighters are now checking to see if the fire spread to other parts of the home.
The initial structure fire dispatch, which went out just before 2 p.m., drew a mutual aid response from as far away as Arlington.
— Fairfax Fire/Rescue (@ffxfirerescue) September 26, 2018
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