Thursday, January 24, 2013
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue haven’t identified the second victim.
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue identified one of the two victims in Wednesday’s fire in Falls Church as Laura Jeanne Snyder-Gardner, 48, of 3103 Manor Dr. A spokeswoman at Gallaudet University confirmed Gardner was a staff member at the school. The identity of the second victim, a female, is still being determined. Firefighters were called to the home in the 3100 block of Manor Rd. around 3:20 a.m. Wednesday. The entire single-level ranch-style home was completely engulfed when crews arrived. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Fire investigators have not identified either victim.
The number of casualties in a Falls Church fire early Wednesday has risen to four— Fairfax County Fire & Rescue have found a second dead person along with two animals. Fire Capt. William Moreland said he cannot say where either body was found in the single-level home. Firefighters responded to 3103 Manor Rd. at 3:20 a.m. Wednesday and found the home fully engulfed. Investigators have not released a cause for the fire or the identities of those killed in the blaze. A cat and dog have been confirmed dead. Patch will continue to update you on this fire as details become available.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Investigators haven’t identified the victim in the blaze.
An early morning fire in Falls Church killed one person and two pets Wednesday. Capt. William Moreland of Fairfax County Fire & Rescue said firefighters were called to a fire at 3103 Manor Rd. at 3:20 a.m. Firefighters found one person, a dog and a cat in the single level home. All were deceased. Moreland said he does not know where the victim was found in the house and investigators don’t know what started the fire. “We’re working with neighbors to determine if the victim was the only person in the home,” Moreland said. An investigation is continuing. Patch will continue to update you on this fire as details become available.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Grant McIntosh has served Fairfax County citizens for 50 years.
Grant McIntosh, chaplain for Fairfax County Fire and Rescue, will retire this coming March after serving the county for 50 years. This will be the second retirement in the 73-year-old, New Hampshire native's career. McIntosh first retired in February 1994 after serving as a firefighter for 30 years. "I've enjoyed it, and I have no regrets," McIntosh recently told Patch. "I really hate to go, but it's time to go away to do something else." McIntosh has served as chaplain for the fire department since August 1994 and is currently the associate pastor at Virginia Hills Baptist Church. During his career and service to the county, McIntosh became a member of the Critical Response Team and was a first responder when American Airlines Flight 77 …
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department offers tips to help residents avoid a fire this season.
Fire departments nationwide respond to about 250 home structure fires each year that involve Christmas trees, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department crews don't want county residents to be among those fires that break out this holiday season. Crews recently distributed tips about Christmas tree safety to holiday tree lot vendors in the form of Christmas safety tags. Live trees don't cause fires, but they can easily catch fire due to candles, electrical problems or other heat sources. Here are the tips provided by the department: To print a copy of the safety tag, visit the Fairfax County Emergency Information Blog.
Friday, December 7, 2012
Tollgate Terrace home sustains damage from possible electrical fire late Thursday afternoon; no injuries reported, but family displaced.
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue were called to a home on fire on Tollgate Terrace in the Lake Barcroft Thursday for an attic blaze. No one was injured, but the homeowners, a husband and wife, were displaced by the fire, Incident Commander Captain Michael Sease said. Smoke was billowing from the home's attic and a side of the house was on fire when firefighters arrived, he said. The home is located just off of Lakeview Drive, which is right across from the lake. The homeowners called 911 just after 5 p.m. Thursday, Sease said. The homeowners were having work done on the home earlier in the day, after the home sustained damage from a storm over the summer, Sease said. A local contractor was working earlier Thursday on the siding of the home …
Monday, November 5, 2012
Victim in house fire still not identified.
Hurricane turned Super Storm Sandy made her way through Falls Church early in the week and topped our headlines. The storm left some Falls Church customers without power but Dominion Power restored power to the area. Some people found ways to entertain themselves while their power was out. The storm didn’t stop people from getting out and voting as some Falls Church residents made it out Monday to cast their in-person absentee ballots. There are no hotdog carts in the City of Falls Church but a new restaurant is changing that. The Windy Apple brings the best of Chicago and New York-style hotdogs under one roof to bring that hotdog cart feel to “The Little City.” Fairfax County Fire and Rescue are still investigating a Falls Church fire …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Firefighters still investigating cause of the blaze.
Kirsten Apple was thankful an early morning Monday fire in the 6600 block of Orland St. in Falls Church didn’t spread from her neighbor’s home to hers. As flames destroyed her neighbor’s home, killing someone inside, Apple and her children watched from across the street at another neighbor’s home. “My neighbor across the street came and knocked on my door and woke me up,” Apple said. “I grabbed my two kids and ran out barefoot.” Wednesday morning, Dan Schmidt, a spokesman for Fairfax County Fire and Rescue, said they still have not identified the person killed in the fire and they are still investigating the cause. Firefighters arrived to the blaze at about 4:10 a.m. The second floor of the home completely collapsed and firefighters found …
Monday, October 29, 2012
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue responded to the house just after 4 a.m. Monday.
Update, 10:57 a.m. One person died in a fire that destroyed a Falls Church home early Monday morning. Dan Schmidt, a spokesman for the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, said emergency responders have not been able to determine if the victim is a man or a woman. The victim's identity will not be released until next of kin are notified. The cause of the fire is still unknown, Schmidt said. Original Story A two-story Cape Cod style Falls Church home was completely destroyed by a fire early Monday morning. Emergency responders arrived on scene at about 4:10 a.m. to find the house at 6608 Orland St. engulfed in flames. Fairfax County Fire and Rescue officials were still on scene as of 10:15 a.m. Dan Schmidt, a spokesman for the fire …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Firefighters extinguished a house fire in Falls Church this morning in about 10 minutes.
(Updated 3:15 p.m., Sept. 5): The fire on the second floor of 4468 Kerns Road was caused by an oscillating fan in a bedroom, fire department officials said Wednesday. Dan Schmidt, spokesman for the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, said officials received a call around 7:40 a.m. "It was quickly brought under control and extinguished in about 10 minutes," Schmidt said. One person has been discplaced as a result of the fire, which caused less than $50,000 in damage. --- Fairfax County firefighters responded to a house fire on at 4468 Kerns Road in Falls Church on Wednesday morning. Around 7:40 a.m. Wednesday, fire engines responded to the scene of the fire. Smoke was visible from a fire on the second floor of the residence. The …