A Herndon apartment fire that displaced 20 people was caused by improperly discarded smoking items, investigators said.
The fire happened on the fourth floor of an apartment building on the 2400 block of Masons Ferry Drive on Sunday (Sept. 29) at around 7:50 p.m, according to the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.
No firefighter or civilian injuries were reported. The fire caused $76,000 in damages
So far, county fire and rescue personnel said improperly discarded smoking materials caused nearly $2.2 million in damages this year.
So far, there have been 30 major incidents in the county, causing one death and one burn injury.
FRFRD launched a public campaign, “Got to Smoke? Sink It or Soak It?” to remind residents to properly dispose of smoking materials.
Photo by Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department