An accidental fire that started in the carport area of a Lake Barcroft home caused an estimated $50,000 in property damage on Sunday, Nov. 27, according to a press release from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.
The department said that fire and rescue units were dispatched to the house fire in the 6500 block of Jay Miller Drive in Falls Church at around 1:04 p.m. on November 27. Units from Fire Station 8, Annandale, arrived on scene and reported fire showing from a two-story single family home. The fire was found to be located in an enclosed carport area attached to the house.
Firefighters worked to put out the fire and prevent it from spreading into the home. Crews were successful in extinguishing the fire and keeping it contained to the enclosed carport area. The home was unoccupied at the time of the fire. A neighbor called 911 after observing black smoke coming from the home.
Fire investigators later determined that the fire was accidental, caused by an electrical event that ignited nearby combustibles. The home’s smoke alarms did not activate due to the fire being contained to the carport area. There were no firefighter or civilian injuries reported and Red Cross services were not required.