Large Fire Displaces Six Residents in Herndon

Investigators say fire was caused by improper disposal of smoking materials, according to Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.

Improperly Discarded Smoking Materials Cause Herndon House Fire. Patch file.
Improperly Discarded Smoking Materials Cause Herndon House Fire. Patch file.

A heavy fire Wednesday at a Herndon area home caused an estimated $350,000 in damages, according to the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.

One person was treated at the scene for non-life threatening injuries. Six residents and a dog were displaced, but declined Red Cross assistance.

At 1 p.m. Wednesday, fire and rescue crews responded to the home at 12645 Terrymill Drive.

There was heavy fire on the front of the two-story home and required an aggressive attack, with firefighters battling for approximately 40 minutes to put the fire out.

According to the release, a neighbor, an off-duty Montgomery County firefighter, alerted the residents of the fire after spotting it on the outside of the home. He also reportedly assisted with evacuating one resident who was in a wheel chair.

Fire investigators say the cause of the fire appears to have been improperly discarded smoking materials.

Here are tips from the county on safely discarding smoking materials:

  • 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.
Heather Ann June 20, 2014 at 12:55 PM
Do they need anything? I am moving and have a stack of things for the house. I am happy to give them what I have. I also have an air mattress and a portable DVD Player. It is not too much, but happy to help!


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