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.