Hot treadmill sparks Reston blaze

Fairfax County fire investigators have pinpointed the cause of a house fire Wednesday morning: the exercise treadmill!

The blaze did about about $237,000 damage to the home in the 2200 block of Marginella Drive in Reston.

Units arrived on scene to find fire showing from the rear of a two-story, single family house. Firefighters went to work extinguishing a large volume of fire in the back of the home. They were able to bring the fire under control approximately ten minutes after arrival.    

There were two occupants in the house at the time of the fire. One occupant discovered the fire and called 911. The smoke alarms activated after the fire was discovered. Both residents self-evacuated prior to the arrival of the fire department. Fire Investigators determined that the fire started in the sunroom to the rear of the house. The cause of the fire was accidental in nature, involving a treadmill.



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Ed Tobias brings more than four decades of reporting and news management experience to his work at FairfaxNews. Tobias managed news coverage for Associated Press Radio for over twenty years.  This included coverage of the 9/11 attacks, the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, the death of Princess Diana, the Challenger and Columbia shuttle disasters and national election primaries, conventions and campaigns.  He was part of the team that built AP’s on-line video operation. Prior to joining AP, Tobias was News Director at all-news WTOP in Washington, D.C. He has won two Ohio State Awards for his reporting and producing and he led coverage that won an Edward R. Murrow Award.