WEST FALLS CHURCH, VA – County fire inspectors have determined that Sunday’s apartment fire in West Falls Church was caused by improperly discarded smoking materials and caused damage to about $158,500, according to a Fairfax County Fire & Rescue blog post.

Sunday’s fire at a three-storey garden apartment-style building in the 2900 block of Dover Lane damaged 11 flats and displaced several occupants, according to the blog. No firefighters or members of the public were injured.

The firefighters intervened around 2:51 p.m., for the report of an apartment fire. When they arrived on the scene, the fire was visible on the third floor balcony.

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Due to the location of the fire and the extreme heat at this time of day, a second alarm was sent, which brought in units from the City of Fairfax Fire Department. The fire was then quickly brought under control.

After observing flames on a third floor balcony, a neighbor alerted the three occupants of the apartment. They exited the building without damage. The smoke detectors did not sound as the fire started on the balcony.

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Inspectors ruled that the fire was accidental in nature.

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