Fire Engulfs Home on Fielding Street in Mount Vernon

A family of four was displaced. Fire may have started outside the home.

(UPDATE 4:35 p.m.):

Firefighters say the fire that engulfed a home on Fielding Street in Mount Vernon Thursday afternoon may have started outside.

"I don't want to speculate, but it was around the time school buses were dropping kids off and parents weren't around," said Andrew Duke, deputy chief, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue.

"A bystander on a cell phone called and said that a fire started outside the building and then spread to the inside," Duke told Patch.

Fire investigators are on the scene. The two adults and two children are being helped by the Red Cross to find shelter.

"That fire was huge," said neighbor Alan Smolins. "Luckily the siding of my house was not damaged."

Firefighters had the fire under control within about 4 to 5 minutes, firefighters said.

(UPDATE 4:20 p.m.):

Firefighters tell Patch that two adults and two children were displaced by the fire on Fielding Street. No one was injured, according to Andrew Duke, deputy chief, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue.

A vehicle was also burned during the fire.

The cause of the fire is to be determined and under investigation.

Firefighters responded to the fire at 3:13 p.m., after the call came in at 3:09 p.m. In all one rescue team, four fire engines and two fire trucks responded to the fire.


A fire has engulfed a home Thursday afternoon in the 4100 block of Fielding Street in Mount Vernon.  Fairfax County Fire and Rescue firefighters were on the scene a little after 3 p.m.

Firefighters responded to a call at 3:09 that came in from a bystander, said a spokesman for Fairfax County Fire and Rescue.

No word yet on any injuries.

The home is located in neighborhood that is in a fairly heavily wooded area, with large trees. Mount Vernon Woods Park is down the street.

A number of county fire engines are currently at the scene. The power company was also on the scene due to live wires down on the front yard of the home.

Patch will update this story as we receive more information.

billy myers November 29, 2012 at 09:24 PM
I live nearby the home. The school bus dropped off the kids and a neighbor noticed smoke coming out the front picture window. A few minutes later, with sirens in the distance, the house was engulfed. No one heard an explosion. The car in the carport also caught on fire. The house is rented by a very nice family from Saudi Arabia.
Jimmy Stewart November 29, 2012 at 09:40 PM
I live around the corner and can see this home from my kitchen window. The flames engulfed the entire front of the home and smoke blanketed the neighborhood. Unfortunately the elementary school had let out and a lot of kids were coming down to see what was going on. At 4:30 PM there are still several emergency vehicles on the street. Can only hope no one was injured, it was a pretty big fire.
Ron Fitzsimmons November 29, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Billy: do you think the kids need some help? I run a foundation in Mount Vernon. Was wondering if they lost stuff, will miss xmas, etc. Ron Fitzsimmons
Mary Ann Barton (Editor) November 29, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Apparently the family is OK but were displaced by the fire; they're being helped re a place to stay for the time being by the American Red Cross, from what we were told.
Ron Fitzsimmons November 29, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Jimmy: see my note above! I can be emailed at ronjfitz@cox.net
Mariann Alicea December 01, 2012 at 01:09 PM
jimmy: you can email me. we live in alexandria and can help with temporary interim housing until the family finds a more permanent solution. majr0328@aol.com Mariann A.
Pat Hoppe December 01, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Jimmy, if you are going to make contacts for help for the displaced family please add me. I live on Corcoran Street and would be able to help with food, etc. Thanks. pathoppe@aol.com
alishafea December 12, 2012 at 09:08 PM
no thanks we are fine and we all reedy found a home
Abdul cool January 05, 2013 at 02:32 AM
Thanks to all of you that saving all of my family and think you guys what you guys do for us and j thank full for that


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