Fireplace ashes blamed for Belle Haven house fire

FCFD command post

Fairfax County fire investigators have determined that ashes from a fireplace, discarded outside the house improperly, are what caused a house fire in Belle Haven Thursday afternoon.

The first fire units to arrive at the three-story home in the 6100 block of Vernon Terrace were confronted with fire on one side of the house and smoke venting from windows on the second and third floors and from the roof. Firefighters evacuated a woman, unhurt, from a third floor bedroom. The blaze, though extensive, was quickly extinguished.

No injuries were reported and damages are estimated at approximately $211,150.





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