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Tuesday Morning Notes

Apartment Fire on Castle Rock Square Under Control — A fire broke out in the bathroom of an apartment building on the 2200 block of Castle Rock Square late yesterday. No injuries were reported. [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department]

Hands-free Cell Phone Laws Go Into Effect — Beginning Jan. 1, it is against the law to hold a phone or mobile device while driving. [Fairfax County Police Department]

Local Reston Heroes Who Went Above and Beyond — Three Restonians were honored for being local heroes by Patch readers. They include a member of the Reston Community Center Board, a childcare worker, and the owners of ArtInsights Gallery of Film and Contemporary Art. [Reston Patch]

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Several boxes were on fire in the hallway of an apartment building in Herndon on Tuesday morning.

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department arrived to the building, which is located in the 12900 block of Mansarde Avenue, at around 9 a.m.

The burning boxes, which had activated the building’s sprinkles, were removed from the building before the fire department arrived.

Crews worked to remove some from the first floor of the building. No injuries were reported.

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A townhouse fire on the 13300 block of Apgar Place that started this morning is now under control, according to the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.

When units got to the scene, smoke was showing from the townhouse unit. The fire was located in the wall and quickly extinguished around 7:46 a.m., the department wrote.

No injuries were reported.

Photo via FCFRD

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Seven residents have been displaced following a house fire on the 1400 block of Bayshire Lane in the Town of Herndon on Oct. 18.

Fire investigators ruled that the fire in the single-family home was caused by an unattended candle. Information about the incident was released today (Monday). The c candle was left burning in the master bathroom,  according to the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.

Fire and rescue crews from the FCFRD, Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Department and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Fire and Rescue Department responded to the scene a few minutes before 1:30 a.m. that day.

The incident caused roughly $93,750 in damages. Seven people were at home when the fire began. No injuries were reported.

FCFRD is reminding residents of the following safety tips:

  • 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 malfunctioning surge protector caused a townhouse fire in the 2400 block of Pyrenees Court in Reston, according to the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.

Fire investigators determined the fire was accidental in nature.

The incident happened a little before 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Smoke alarms alerted two occupants about the fire in the bedroom.

Officials estimate the fire caused $18,750 in damages. No injuries were reported.

Photo via Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

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A fire broke out at a townhouse on the 2400 block of Pyrenees Court in Reston earlier this afternoon.

According to the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, crews extinguished the fire by around 2 p.m. today (Tuesday). No injuries were reported.

No other information was immediately available. The cause of the fire is currently unknown.

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A two-story, single-family home in Reston caught fire on Sept. 19, displacing two occupants and leaving approximately $65,500 in damages.

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department dispatched units to the 11500 block of Greenwich Point Road at 5:17 on Saturday after receiving a report of a house fire.

Witnessing fire on the house’s roof when they arrived on the scene, responders worked to control the fire from the building’s exterior before transitioning inside to extinguish the blaze.

The fire was accidental in nature, resulting from an electrical event that started in the interior wall of a second-floor bedroom, the department reported in a news update on Wednesday.

According to the fire and rescue department, two occupants were home at the time of the fire. They self-evacuated after a neighbor who observed flames on the roof alerted them to the fire, which did not activate smoke alarms due to its location in the house.

No civilian or firefighter injuries have been reported as a result of the fire.

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Fire investigators say that a fire at North Point Village Center last week was caused by a lightning strike.

The June 11 fire was contained to the former location of The Boston Market, which has been vacant since July.

No injuries were reported and no occupants were present during the incident. Fire and rescue crews responded to the scene after a delivery person noticed the flames from the roof at around 3 a.m. that day.

The incident resulted in nearly $75,000 in damages, according to the  Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.

A fire also occurred on the roofline of the same building in August 2019.

Photos via Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

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Improperly discarded fireworks caused nearly $80,000 in damages to a Herndon home on Sunday (June 13). 

No injuries were reported at the home on the 13100 block of Rounding Run Circle.

According to the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, the fire started in the garage where fireworks were improperly discarded.

The fire department is encouraging residents to dispose fireworks using the same procedure for fireplace ashes. Fireworks should be placed in a metal container, doused with water, and covered with a metal lid away from the house. 

Four residents, who were home at the time, were displaced due to the incident. The fire was largely limited to the attached garage.

This is the second fire this year caused by improper disposal of fireworks.

Photos via FCFRD

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A fire broke out in North Point Village Center around 3 a.m. today (Thursday).

Crews from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department quickly extinguished the fire, which was primarily isolated to the building’s roof.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. No injuries were reported.

Damages are estimated at $75,000. 

The village center was also vandalized with swastikas and other graffiti last month.

Photos via Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

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Updated at 12:15 p.m. on May 28 —  Though no one was injured, three people were displaced by the fire. 

Fire crews brought a townhouse fire under control yesterday afternoon in Herndon, according to the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.

Units that first arrived on scene reported signs of fire from the two-story building at 13300 Schwenger Place.

Crews worked to extinguish the fire. No injuries were reported.

Photo via Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Twitter

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Officials from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department are investigating the case of a fire at a Reston townhouse over the weekend.

A unit on the 2200 block of Double Eagle Court caught fire on Sunday (May 7). Multiple units responded during the incident.

A firefighter was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital.

The department has not yet indicated what caused the incident. The fire was contained to one unit.

Photo by Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

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A Herndon man faces multiple felony charges in connection with an early morning fire that happened at a home in Franklin Farms last week.

Fairfax County Police arrested and charged Rogerio Ribeiro, 52, with arson and setting fire to damage another’s property.

When police officers arrived at the scene, they spotted Ribeiro attempting to leave in a car at around 4 a.m. outside the home (13500 block of Coates Lane), which was engulfed in flames. The Herndon resident attempted to thwart police by pointing a gun at officers.

Ribeiro was arrested after a struggle with police officers. He is being held without bond at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.

After further investigation, police also charged Ribeiro with aggravated malicious wounding, cruelty to animals and two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer.

One person was treated for injuries at a local hospital and an injured dog remains under the care of a veterinarian.

Photo via Fairfax County Police Department

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Monday Morning Notes

Brush Fire at Lake Fairfax — Crews contained a brush fire at Lake Fairfax on Saturday. No structures were impacted by the incident. More information is forthcoming. [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department]

Wind Advisory in Effect — An advisory is in effect through 6 p.m. today. The National Weather Service encourages residents to use extra caution when driving and secure outdoor objects. [National Weather Service]

How a Reston Data Company Tracked Beach Visitors — Reston data company X-Mode was able to track the location data from people who visited a beach in Fort Lauderdale, Floria and ignored warnings to practice social distancing. [Technical.ly]

All for Cloth Face Masks — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends people wear cloth face coverings when they are out in public. [Fairfax County Government]

Photo via vantagehill/Flickr

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A fire at a home in Herndon displaced two residents yesterday (Wednesday).

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue personnel brought the fire under control on the 1500 block of Millikens Bend Road around 2:11 p.m. that day.

A resident who was home at the time discussed the fire on a stovetop. Fire investigators believe the fire started in the kitchen after cooking oil ignited and spread to nearby combustibles.

The fire caused $255,675 in damages. A dog that resided in the home died during the incident.

Photo via Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

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