Centreville Townhouse Burns After Child Plays With Matches

2-alarm fire

Saturday, Nov 5, 2011  |  Updated 5:08 PM EDT
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Child Playing With Matches Burns Townhouse

Fairfax Fire

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Saturday was a busy day for Fairfax County firefighters.

In addition to the 2-alarm blaze that displaced 30 in Springfield, another fire went to 2 alarms in Centreville.

The incident occurred in a 3-story townhouse on Red River Drive.

Four people were inside the home when the fire started, an adult woman, and infant, and two other children.

A smoke detector alerted them to the fire, which started in the house's lower level.  All four were able to evacuate safely.  The fire is estimated to have caused $400,000 in damage.

Fairfax Fire and Rescue says one of the children, a 7-year-old, had been playing with matches, which sparked the fire.

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