First Fire Fatality For 2012
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a fire in an apartment building Thursday, May 24, at approximately 9:40 p.m. in the Dunn Loring area of Fairfax County. The apartment building is located at 1808 Old Meadow Road. Firefighters arrived on scene and encountered a light haze and a fire that had been extinguished by a passing neighbor in a second floor apartment. An adult male was transported by ground to Washington Hospital Center’s Burn Unit with life threatening injures.
Damage is estimated at $2,000.
The victim, Carroll Adams, 91, later succumbed to his injuries.
According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. While cooking at the stove, the victim's clothing caught fire causing thermal burns to his body.
This is the first fire fatality in Fairfax County since September 2010.
Lightning Strikes Oakton House
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire, Friday, June 1 at approximately 10:20 p.m., in the Oakton area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 3140 Trenholm Drive.
Firefighters encountered heavy smoke and fire coming from the roof of the two-story home upon arrival. Firefighters attacked the fire from both the interior and exterior and brought the fire under control in approximately 15 minutes. Firefighters contained the fire quickly enough to save about half the roof. There was extensive water damage to the second floor and minor damage to the first floor. The occupants escaped unharmed prior to firefighters arriving. Two adults have been displaced. Red Cross support was unnecessary.
Damage is estimated at $195,000.
According fire investigators, the fire was accidental. Lightning struck the roof, causing the fire.