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Accidental House Fire on Rose Lane Displaces Family

The four occupants of the home escaped without injury. Damage is estimated at $50,000.

A house fire early Sunday morning at 3518 Rose Lane in Annandale has displaced a family of four.

According to a news release from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, units responded to a call about a house fire at the single-family home at approximately 3:35 a.m. Upon reaching the scene, firefighters saw smoke and fire coming from the eaves and attic. Units were able to get the fire out in under 10 minutes.

The two adults and two children were able to escape the home thanks to the smoke alarms alerting them to the fire. There were no civilian or fire personnel injuries.

Fire investigators said the fire was caused by an "unidentified electrical event" involving the recessed lighting and ruled it accidental. The damage is estimated at $50,000 and the family is receiving housing assistance from the Red Cross.

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department offers the following electrical safety tips to homeowners:

  • Replace or repair loose or frayed cords on all electrical devices.
  • Avoid overloading outlets. Plug only one high-wattage appliance into each receptacle outlet at a time.
  • If your power goes out a lot or the lights in your home flicker, smell bad, or make noise, have an electrician come in to inspect your wiring.   
  • The electrical outlet in the bathroom should have a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI).  This is a tool that protects you from dangerous shock when water and electricity come together.  An electrician can install a GFCI for you.
  • All electrical outlets and switches should be covered by “face plates.”
  • When possible, avoid the use of “cube taps” and other devices that allow the connection of multiple appliances into a single receptacle.
  • Inspect electrical cords to make sure they are in good condition.
  • Consider having additional circuits or outlets added by a qualified electrician so you do not have to use extension cords.
  • Don’t tie or knot electrical cords.
  • Don’t let furniture sit on electrical cords.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instruction for plugging an appliance into a receptacle outlet.
Anonomous May 23, 2012 at 11:36 PM
Smoke Alarms Did NOT awake the family. That is completely false. The alarms started going off when the ceilings started falling, and the family was out.
Sherell Williams May 24, 2012 at 12:43 AM
As stated above in the story, the information about the fire came from the fire department (news release linked above). Thanks for commenting and the additional details.
Anonomous May 25, 2012 at 03:22 PM
There were 8 people in the house that night. Six adults and two children.

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