Improperly discarded smoking materials were the cause of a fire on Monday that cause $1.25 million in damage to an apartment complex in unincorporated Herndon, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue officials said.
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to the fire at a garden apartment building at 13842 Jefferson Park Dr. in unincorporated Herndon about 9:50 a.m on Monday.
Firefighters encountered heavy smoke and fire coming from the top floor and attic of the four-story building, fire officials said.
The incident commander sounded a second alarm, which brought more than 60 firefighters to the scene. The fire was brought under control in about 20 minutes, fire-rescue said.
Eighteen occupants have been displaced and the American Red Cross is providing services.
Fire investigators said the accidental fire started when smoking materials were improperly discarded on a fourth-floor balcony.
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