Misty Ridge Drive Fire Incident

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On, Friday, December 16, at 9:20 a. m., fire and rescue units were dispatched to a structure fire in a single-family home located in the 4200 block of Misty Ridge Drive in Haymarket.

Upon arrival, fire and rescue crews observed fire in the chimney with extension to the home’s exterior. As fire and rescue units initiated extinguishment of the fire, firefighters assisted in the evacuation of a disabled resident.

No injuries reported.

Two adults were home at the time of the fire. Red Cross was on scene to assist the displaced residents and their pet cat.

According to the Fire Marshal’s Office, preliminary damages are estimated at $40,000.

The Building Official was on scene and has posted the home unsafe.

Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue Chief Kevin McGee urges residents to be vigilant when using alternative heating methods by following these simple safety tips to keep you and your loved ones safe and warm:

  • Install wood burning stoves following manufacturer’s instructions or have a professional do the installation.
  • Keep fireplaces and woodstoves clean.
    • Clean annually by a certified chimney specialist.
  • Keep area around fireplace and woodstove clean and free of debris, decorations and flammable materials.
  • Always use a metal mesh screen with fireplaces.
  • Keep air inlets open on woodstoves and fireplaces.
    • If closed, inlets cause creosote buildup and lead to chimney fires.
  • Use fire resistant materials, like walls and floors, around woodstoves.
  • NEVER leave a fire unattended in a fireplace.
  • Extinguish fire before leaving the house or going to bed.
  • ALWAYS remove ashes in a covered metal container and store at least 10 feet away from your home and any nearby buildings.

In addition, Chief 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.
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