The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department responded to a call on Christmas Day around 10:25 p.m. in the Springfield area. Firefighters arrived in the 7900 block of Lobelia Lane to find smoke near the front door of the home.
Dan Schmidt, spokesman for the department, said firefighters arrived on scene and were able to control and extinguish the fire within 15 minutes of their arrival. There was one occupant in the home at the time of the fire who was able to escape from a bedroom after being notified by an alarm monitoring company.
The occupant escaped unharmed but was evaluated by paramedics on the scene, and she refused transport. No one else was in the home at the time of the incident.
According to fire investigators, the fire was an accident caused by a large diameter candle too close to combustibles on the first floor of the house. The damages are estimated at about $150,000, Schmidt said, and the occupant has been displaced by the fire. She declined support from Red Cross.