Reston, VA

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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It could take up to two weeks for Cafesano’s cafe to reopen in South Lakes Village Center after a fire caused $2,000 in damages in early December.

A company representative told Reston Now that the Italian and Mediterranean restaurant is currently taking takeout orders.

On Dec. 1, a fire broke out at the shopping center. Fire investigators said the fire was caused by grease buildup in the store’s ventilation system.

An exact opening date has not been set yet.

Photo by Jay Westcott

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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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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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A fire has broken out at South Lakes Village Center, according to officials.

Earlier this morning, units were on the scene of a fire at the shopping center, which is located at 11000 South Lakes Drive, according to the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.

A second fire alarm was requested around 10 a.m. today.

This story will be updated.

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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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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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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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Crews worked to extinguish a fire on the second floor an apartment building on the 12000 block of Greywing Square around 8:45 a.m. today.

The fire, which was contained to the kitchen area of the unit, was extinguished around 9 a.m.

All occupants in the building were evacuated and no injuries were reported.

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A house fire on the 600 block of Pemberton Court in the Town of Herndon on Tuesday (July 30) caused nearly $50,000 in damages.

The homeowner and the homeowner’s son — who were at home during the incident — evacuated the area before the fire department arrived. No injuries were reported.

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department’s investigators believe a malfunctioning ceiling fan in a covered screen porch caused the fire.

“The cause of the fire involved an electrical event in the junction box of a ceiling fan,” the department wrote.

Three residents were displaced because of the fire. Red Cross Services were accepted by the family.

Photos via FCFRD

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The National Weather Service has issued a warning indicating critical fire weather conditions for Fairfax County and the D.C.-area today (April 3).

The Red Flag Warning is in effect from noon-8 p.m.

More from NWS:

…RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 8 PM EDT THIS EVENING FOR STRONG WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITIES FOR NORTHERN VIRGINIA… EASTERN WEST VIRGINIA AND NORTHERN AND CENTRAL MARYLAND…

The National Weather Service in Sterling Virginia has issued a Red Flag Warning for strong winds and low humidities, which is in effect from noon today to 8 PM EDT this evening.

* WINDS…West 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.

* IMPACTS…Gusty winds and very dry air will create conditions that may promote the rapid spread of wildfires. Prescribed burns may get out of control. Outdoor burning is not recommended.

* HUMIDITY…20 to 25 percent.

* FUEL MOISTURE… Less than 8 percent.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.

Reston is expected to hit a high of 65 degrees today with sunny weather and winds around 17 miles per hour, forecasters say.

A combination of strong winds (15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph), low relative humidity and warm temperatures may help fires spread rapidly, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue wrote in a post. The fire department is using the Red Flag Warning as an opportunity to remind residents that improperly discard cigarettes are a fire hazard.

File photo 

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(Updated at 12:35 p.m. on April 1) Firefighters are “hitting hot spots” at a now-out fire in a home by the Fox Mill Elementary School.

The fire in the garage extended to the attic, according to tweets from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue. The fire broke out at a two-story single family home in the 12700 block of Bradwell Road around 4:30 p.m.

A neighbor alerted the three people inside the home to the fire within the attached garage, the fire department said. “Working smoke alarms were present, however, it is unknown if they activated due to the location of the fire,” a post from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue said. The three people were taken to a nearby hospital for a check-up according to the fire department.

The three people accepted the Red Cross’s assistance.

Fire investigators are still investigating the cause of the fire, which caused $107,500 worth of damages.

Photos via Fairfax County Fire and Rescue/Twitter, map via Google Maps 

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Fairfax County Fire and Rescue wants to remind locals that fire sprinklers can help save lives and decrease damage when a fire breaks out.

The fire department has been highlighting how firefighters recently responded to a call and found a dryer fire in a Herndon apartment doused by sprinklers.

The fire broke out on Sunday (March 10) in a four-story apartment building in the 2300 block of Rolling Fork Circle in Herndon. The one person who was home at the time of the fire was not injured, the fire department said.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue said the fire caused about $500 in damages.

The fire department has been sharing the story of how the sprinklers calmed the fire, along with a U.S. Fire Administration video that details the multiple benefits of sprinkles.

The video says sprinklers:

  • reduce fire damage by 97 percent
  • increase the chance of survival by 82 percent
  • give people more time to escape
  • help keep firefighters safe

The video also includes an example of how sprinkles manage fires and highlights that insurance discounts may also be available.

Image via Google Maps

 

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U. S. citizenship prep class — Register for tonight’s prep class, which is part of a 12-week program covering the basics of U.S. history and civics. The class from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Herndon Fortnightly Library is for intermediate to advanced English learners only. [Fairfax County]

Man exonerated for 1975 Reston rape — “The Virginia Supreme Court on Thursday cleared an Indiana man of sexual assault convictions in Fairfax County from more than four decades ago… The unanimous court issued a writ of actual innocence for Winston L. Scott, 62, vacating his convictions. He was 19 when a Reston woman was attacked on July 24, 1975. He was sentenced to 14 years on convictions of rape, sodomy and statutory burglary and served about five years before he was paroled.” [The Richmond Times-Dispatch]

Herndon fire Sunday — Firefighters responded to an apartment fire in the 2300 block of Rolling Fork Circle around 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. Heavy smoke was reported on the third floor. Crews quickly located and extinguished the fire and conducted salvage operations. [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue]

Crash closed Herndon Parkway — Herndon Police said they were investigating a crash that closed Herndon Parkway between Crestview Drive and Ferndale Ave around 5 p.m. on Saturday. [Herndon Police Department]

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