Ridgeway Drive Fire Incident

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On Sunday, November 20 at 12 :47 p. m., fire and rescue crews were dispatched to a structure fire in a single family home located in the 7200 block of Ridgeway Drive in Manassas.

Upon arrival, fire and rescue units observed fire showing from the top of the chimney with extension to the attic. Firefighters initiated suppression and quickly extinguished the fire.

The occupants, two adults, home at the time of the fire, were alerted to the fire by the sounding of the smoke alarm enabling them to safely evacuate the home. Two adults and two pets were displaced by the fire.

According to the Fire Marshal’s Office, preliminary damages are estimated at $20,000.

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

The fire originated in the chimney and has been determined as accidental.

Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue Chief Kevin McGee would like to urge residents to follow these fire and life-safety tips when using wood burning equipment:

  • Each year, prior to using your fireplace or wood stove, have your chimney and vents inspected and cleaned by a qualified professional.
  • Have a sturdy fireplace screen or keep the doors on the wood stove closed to stop sparks from flying into the room.
  •  Burn only dry, seasoned wood in fireplaces and wood stoves and dry, seasoned wood pellets in pellet stoves.
  •  NEVER start the fire with a flammable liquid, kerosene or gasoline; use newspaper or kindling.
  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away.
  • NEVER leave a fireplace or wood stove fire unattended, particularly when children are present.
  • Allow ashes to cool for several days before disposing (up to four days).
  • Dispose of ashes in a tightly covered metal container.
  • Douse and saturate the ashes with water.
  • Place the ash container a safe distance from your home (at least 10 feet).
    • DO NOT store in your home, garage or other nearby buildings.

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