Monday, April 22, 2013
German Balladares, 56, and Sandra Balladares, 41, of Springfield were charged Friday.
Fire investigators with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department charged a Springfield couple with intentionally setting a house fire in the Springfield area in 2008, according to a recent news release. German Balladares, 56, and Sandra Balladares, 41, of Springfield were charged with Virginia Code 18.2-77, burning or destroying a house or dwelling; and 18.2-80, with intent to defraud an insurance company or other person. The fire happened at about 12:20 p.m., June 7, 2008, at 7209 Neuman Street. Damage to the single family home was estimated at $75,000. While performing a fire attack, one firefighter was transported to INOVA Fairfax Hospital with a non-life threatening injury.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Smoking materials ignited into a blaze.
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue quickly extinguished a garage fire Tuesday afternoon in the 6700 block of Bellamy Avenue in West Springfield. At around 2:45 p.m., homeowner Jane Croskery and her daughter were about to leave the house, and extinguished their cigarettes, when trash in the garage caught fire. Fire officials responded quickly and extinguished the blaze within minutes. "We're just glad that not much was damaged," said Croskery, who has lived in the home for more than 40 years. "It's the first time something like this has ever happened." Chief Thomas Grailing of the Fairfax County Fire Department estimated the damages at about $5,000. "By the time you re-dry the walls, repaint the inside of the home because of smoke damage, it'll…
Saturday, August 25, 2012
The fire, which displaced two adults and injured two firefighters, has been ruled accidental.
Update Monday, Aug. 27 at 4:40 p.m.: Fire investigators have determined that unattended food on the stove caused Saturday night's accidental fire at 6605 Forsythia St. in Springfield. According to a news release, more than 60 firefighters were sent to the scene after the Incident Commander and first units on scene saw heavy smoke and fire coming from two sides of the home, elevating the fire to a second alarm.It took firefighters approximately 30 minutes to get the fire under control. Two firefighters were taken to a nearby hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Damage to the home is estimated at $200,000 and the two adults who were displaced have accepted Red Cross assistance, the release further states. -- A two-alarm fire in …
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Three people were displaced.
The Springfield house fire which displaced three people on Wednesday resulted from an electrical malfunction in an attic fan, according to Fairfax County Fire and Rescue officials. The blaze in the 8700 block of Etta Drive sent two firefighters to the hospital with minor injuries. Red Cross support was not needed, according to the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. At around 3 p.m., firefighters "initiated an initial interior attack with hand lines from the second floor of the structure but were forced to retreat and perform a brief exterior fire attack due to the roof becoming weak and collapsing onto the second floor," according to a Fire and Rescue news release. "Crews then utilized elevated master stream operations and …