Herndon Home Fire Caused by Improperly Discarded Fire Pit Ashes

Five family members are displaced after a fire engulfed their home on the 1100 block of Silver Beech Road in Herndon.

The fire, which caused $784,550 in damages, was caused by the improper disposal of fire pit ashes, according to the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.

Officials believe the fire started on the deck near an outdoor fire pit. The family was at home when the fire broke out at around 2:30 a.m. on Monday (Dec.  9).

The fire spread throughout the come and caused a partial collapse of the roof. No injuries were reported.

Photos via Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

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DEVELOPING: Family Evacuates Herndon Home After Fire

A home in Herndon was engulfed in flames at around 3 a.m. today.

Fire and rescue crews took out the fire at the two-story, single-family home on the 1100 block of Silver Beech Road in Herndon.

Two adults and three children, who were in the home at the time of the incident, were evacuated safely.

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and the Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Department responded to the scene.

This story will be updated.

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After Fire, Cafesano’s Cafe in South Lakes Village Center Closes Until Further Notice

Cafesano’s cafe in South Lakes Village Center is temporarily closed for repairs until further notice after a fire in its kitchen on Sunday (Dec. 1).

According to a sign posted on the Italian and Mediterranean restaurant’s storefront, the restaurant is taking pick-up orders from the market in Suite C of the shopping center.

Fire department officials have ruled that a fire at the restaurant was accidental in nature. Officials believe it was caused by grease buildup in the ventilation system of the restaurant.

“The fire was accidental and originated in the ductwork for the kitchen hood system. The cause was ignition of grease buildup in the ventilation system,” a spokesperson for the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department told Reston Now.

Damages are estimated at $2,000. It is unclear when the restaurant will reopen.

Photo by Jay Westcott

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Tuesday Morning Notes

Reston Association to Hold Special Meeting Tomorrow — The Brand Consultancy, a brand strategy company, will present its final report to RA’s Board of Directors tomorrow (Wednesday) at a special board meeting at 7 p.m. [Reston Association]

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department Accepts Toy Donations — The department is taking part in the annual Toys for Tots Campaign. Donations are accepted through Friday, Dec. 13. [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department]

Photo by Marjorie Copson

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Tuesday Morning Notes

County’s New Glass Recycling Program Shatters Expectations — “In just a few months, Fairfax County’s new glass-recycling program is reportedly getting great results. Since the county started its “Purple Can Club” last spring, 2.8 million pounds of glass have been dropped off in special collection bins, one official said.” [WTOP]

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department Accepts Toys for Donation — The department is participating in the region-wide toys for tons campaign. Children served by this campaign include toddlers and youth through age 17. [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department]

County Launches Dog Park Study — The Fairfax County Park Authority is conducting a comprehensive study of off-leash dog areas in the county in order to assess current and future needs and opportunities for dog parts throughout the county. [Fairfax County Government]

Photo via vantagehill/Flickr

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Friday Morning Notes

Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion Opens Today — The rink will be open for the 2019-2020 season today. Information about pricing as well as daily hours is available online. [Reston Town Center]

Nominations Accepted for Volunteer Reston Service Awards — Reston Association is accepting nominations for the annual Reston Association Volunteer Service awards. Nominations are due by Feb. 28. [Reston Association]

Health and Safety Podcast Features Holiday Cooking Fire Safety Tips  The podcast includes information about grant funding for the county’s Fire and Rescue department, as well as tips on how to cook safely during the holidays. [Fairfax County Government Emergency Preparedness]

Photo via Flickr/Dario Piparo

 

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Reston Apartment Fire Caused by Unattended Candle

A fire at an apartment building on Greywing Square was caused by an unattended candle, according to fire investigators.

Roughly 25 people were in the building on the 12000 block of Greywing Square when fire and rescue personnel arrived on the scene on Tuesday (Nov. 5) at around 4:09 p.m.

The fire started in the living room of an apartment unit and spread to the unit directly below. Three residents were displaced as a result of the fire. Residents in the apartment unit where the fire started were not home at the time.

The incident caused roughly $25,000 in damages.

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department is reminding residents to take the following precautions when lighting a candle:

  • Never leave burning candles unattended
  • Keep all combustible materials away from open flames
  • Do not burn candles near windows or doorways
  • Place candles in glass or ceramic containers
  • Place candles on a flat, sturdy non-combustible surface
  • Never leave candles burning when children or pets are present
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Herndon Home Fire Caused by Malfunctioning Kitchen Light

A fire that happened at a home in the Town of Herndon on Monday (Nov. 4) was caused by a malfunctioning kitchen light.

Local fire and rescue crews extinguished the fire in the single-family home. Two residents who were home at the time of the incident were not injured.

Fire investigators determined the fire was accidental in nature and started in the kitchen ceiling light fixture. The cause of the fire was an electrical event in the light fixture.

Residents of the home accepted assistance from the Red Cross.

The fire caused roughly $93,750 in damages.

File photo

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Demolition of Old Fire Station Expected to Start in December

As work gears up on the new fire station in Reston, construction crews will soon tear down the current one.

The demolition on the old facility (1820 Wiehle Avenue) is expected to begin early this December, William Delaney, a spokesperson for Fairfax County Fire and Rescue, said.

Construction is underway for a temporary station at 1800 Cameron Glen Drive to serve the community until the new facility is completed in 2021.

The existing location is too small and does not suit the needs of the community anymore, another spokesperson previously told Reston Now.

The new station will cost $14.8 million, double the size of the station and feature two stories with room for administrative offices, a dayroom, kitchen, storage and bunk rooms.

“I am sure there will be a grand re-opening ceremony when new station up and running,” Delaney said.

Image via Google Maps 

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Tuesday Morning Notes

Final Showings of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” — There are two showings left for the Reston Community Players’ performance on Nov. 8 and 9 at Reston Community Center (2310 Colts Neck Road). Tickets are available online. [Reston Community Players]

County Host Tactical Athlete Wellness SymposiumOn November 7 and 8, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department is hosting the 2019 Tactical Athlete Wellness Symposium – Mind, Body, and Soul. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department]

Reston Association Markets The Lake House — The association is marketing the venue, which says it is ideal for events, parties and other special occasions. [Reston Today]

Photo via vantagehill/Flickr

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Tuesday Morning Notes

Make Halloween a Treat, Not a Truck — “Ghosts, goblins, and ghouls will soon be coming out all over the area. Halloween is a festive occasion that we need to celebrate safely. Traditional jack-o-lanterns with candles are a tremendous fire hazard. A better way to light up your jack-o-lantern is to use a small string of holiday lights with yellow and red flashing bulbs. Additionally, small battery-powered candles can be used.” [Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department]

County to Hold Hearing on Real Estate Tax Exemption — “Fairfax County currently provides income-based real estate tax relief to homeowners based on income and disability. A revision to the Virginia Code in July now allows localities to exclude the disability income of disabled relatives living in a taxpayer’s home from the total combined income calculation.”  [Tysons Reporter]

McDaniel College Names Field in Honor of Reston Couple — “McDaniel College hosted the dedication of Rembert Field at McDaniel’s Kenneth R. Gill Stadium in honor of 1961 alumnus Donald Mosby Rembert, Sr., and 1960 alumna Judith Ellis Rembert of Reston, Va. The ceremony took place during the Green Terror football game against Muhlenberg on Saturday, Oct. 26.” [Reston Patch]

Photo by Marjorie Copson

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Thursday Morning Notes

Reston Association Budget Hearing and Meeting is Tonight — RA’s Board of Directors will hold a special meeting today (Thursday). A draft of the budget and the meeting’s agenda — which includes information about RA’s conflict of interest policy and increases to member assessments — is available online. [Reston Association]

Author Hena Khan to Joint Girl Power! Book Club — Khan will discuss her new middle-grade novel, More to the Story, at Scrawl Books’ Girl Power! Book Club today at the bookstore. The discussion, which is open to all, starts at 7 p.m. [Scrawl Books]

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department Receives Homeland Security Grants — The department has been awarded $406,000 in competitive and noncompetitive grants. The funds will be used to improve the department’s emergency preparedness, security operations, training, and equipment. [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department]

Photo via Flickr/vantagehill

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Parcher Avenue Closed Due to Gas Leak in Herdon

A natural gas leak has prompted the closure of Parcher Drive between both intersections with Springer Drive as local crews handle a gas leak in the area.

The leak was reported earlier this afternoon at the. 2200 block of Chamblee Place. Several townhouses have been evacuated.

The road closure is expected to last between six to eight hours.

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Thursday Morning Notes

Meet the Artist: Peter Fraize — Meet Fraize, a saxophonist and George Washington University professor, today at Reston Community Center’s CenterStage from 2:15-3:30 p.m. Fraize is best known for his freestyle jazz. [Reston Community Center]

Reston Association Board to Discuss Budget Today — RA’s Board of Directors will hold a budget workshop today at 6:30 p.m. at RA headquarters. The 2020-2021 budget includes a five percent assessment increase for members. [Reston Association]

County Fire Station to Host Open Houses — All Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Departments will host an open house this Saturday (Oct. 12) from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Residents can meet firefighters and learn about fire safety. [Fairfax County Government]

Photo via vantagehill/Flickr

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Herndon Apartment Fire Caused By Improperly Discarded Smoking Items

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

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