Provided by Prince William Fire & Rescue
On Tuesday, August 29th at 4:10 p. m., fire and rescue units were dispatched to a structure fire in a single-family home located in the 9400 block of Lomond Drive in Manassas. Upon arrival, firefighters observed smoke showing from the front of the home. Fire and rescue crews made entry and discovered fire in the basement. Firefighters immediately extinguished the fire and checked for further extension.
No injuries reported. According to the Fire Marshal’s Office, there was moderate damage to the basement and its contents estimated at $60,000. The Building Official has posted the home unsafe. Red Cross was on scene to assist four adults and one child displaced by the fire. The fire originated in the basement; the cause was a computer charger and charging cord and has been determined as accidental.
Prince William County Fire and Rescue Chief Kevin McGee would like to remind residents that working smoke alarms save lives (pwcgov.org/SmokeAlarms). You double your chances of surviving a home fire with working smoke alarms compared to homes without working smoke alarms. To keep you and your family safe follow these life-saving smoke alarm tips:
- Place a smoke alarm on every level of your home, including the basement, in every bedroom and outside each sleeping area.
- Test smoke alarms monthly by pushing the test button. If you cannot reach the button easily, use a broom handle.
- When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
- DO NOT remove the batteries from your smoke alarms to put in other appliances.
- Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years or sooner if they don’t respond when testing:
- For smoke alarms with a non-replaceable battery, replace the entire smoke alarm if it begins chirping.
- For smoke alarms with regular batteries, replace the batteries once a year when you change your clocks, fall back, spring forward, or before if the battery starts to chirp.
- Smoke alarms should be interconnected, so when one alarm sounds, they all do.
- Keep smoke alarms clean. Vacuum or dust your smoke alarms according to manufacturer’s directions to keep them working properly.
- Teach children what the smoke alarm sounds like and what to do in the event it sounds.