Potomac River Boulevard Fire Incident
For Release
July 11, 2013
On Tuesday, July 9th at approximately 2:00 a.m., fire and rescue crews were dispatched to a single family home located in the 2100 block of Potomac River Boulevard in Dumfries.
 
Upon arrival on the scene, firefighters discovered fire in the basement of a model home currently under construction.  The fire was contained by the activation of a sprinkler head. Fire and rescue units quickly extinguished the fire and proceeded to check for further extension; no further extension was found.
 
One firefighter sustained minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital for further treatment and later released.
The origin and cause of the fire are currently under investigation by the Fire Marshal’s Office.
 
Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue would like to remind the community that smoke alarms www.pwcgov.org/SmokeAlarms and sprinklers www.pwcgov.org/Sprinklers, save lives.  Whether commercial or residential, a structure that contains both working smoke alarms and a fire-sprinkler system increases your chances of surviving a fire by 82%.
 
According to the U.S. Fire Administration:
  • Sprinklers reduce property loss by 95.2%.
  • 90% of fires are contained by the operation of just one sprinkler.
  • Sprinklers are designed and calibrated to activate when sensing a significant heat increase.
  • Only the sprinkler closest to the fire will activate, spraying water directly on the fire.
  • Sprinklers use a fraction of the water used by fire departments.