2 hospitalized after house fire in Virginia

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No firefighter was injured, according to Fairfax Co. Fire and Rescue Dept.

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Virginia – A Fairfax County home caught fire on Friday night, according to the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Service.

Units responded to the house fire just after 2 a.m., the department said. The house is in the 7400 block of Northrop Road in the Hybla Valley area.

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Firefighters were able to keep the fire isolated to the attic, according to the department.

Two people were taken to hospital with minor injuries, the department said.

No firefighter was reported injured.

The reason for the fire is not yet known.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, many house fires are preventable. Here are some tips from the NFPA to protect your home.

  • Stay in the kitchen when frying, broiling or grilling food. If you have to leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove.
  • Keep stationary and portable heaters at least three feet away from anything that can burn. Turn off heaters when you leave the room or fall asleep.
  • Ask smokers to smoke outside. Have sturdy, deep ashtrays for smokers.
  • Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children, preferably in a cupboard with childproof lock.
  • Inspect the electrical cords. Replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs, or have loose connections.
  • Be careful when using candles. Keep candles at least a foot away from anything that may burn. Blow out candles when you leave the room or fall asleep.
  • Develop a fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year.
  • Install smoke detectors on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside bedrooms. Interconnect smoke detectors throughout the house. When we ring, they all ring.
  • Test smoke detectors at least once a month and replace the batteries once a year or when the alarm sounds to let you know the battery is low. Replace any smoke alarms over 10 years old.
  • If you are building or renovating your home, install residential fire sprinklers. Sprinklers can contain and even extinguish a fire in less time than it would take for firefighters to arrive.

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