Discarded Smoking Materials Blamed in 3 House Fires

A Sunday morning fire in South Riding was the third in less than a month caused by improperly discarded smoking materials, per Loudoun Fire-Rescue.

Just after 7 a.m., crews from South Riding, Brambleton, Moorefield, Dulles Airport and Fairfax County were dispatched to a house fire in 43300 block of Cedar Pond Place. The single-family home had fire coming from the rear deck and extending into the residence.

The homeowners, alerted by smoke alarms, were safely outside when emergency crews arrived. Investigators said the family was lucky because heat from the fire broke a window as the flames climbed the back of the house to the attic. Smoke entered the home through the window, setting off the alarm. If the fire had gone undetected, a roof collapse was possible.

Damages were estimated at $100,000 and the family has been displaced. No injuries were reported.

On Feb. 3, a fire at Eastgate View Drive home in Chantilly was caused by improperly discarded smoking materials on a deck. On Jan. 10, improperly discarded smoking materials were blamed for a house fire on Harmony Church Road that resulted in $75,000 worth of damage and injured two firefighters.

Residents are urged to extinguish smoking materials in metal or ceramic container filled with sand and kept away from structures.

Cedar Pond Place house fire. [Loudoun Fire-Rescue]

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