Improperly disposed of used fireworks caused a house fire in the 4100 block of Watkins Trail in Annandale at about 1 a.m. on July 5, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department reports.
The fire started in the carport area of the two-story single-family house between Columbia Pike and Old Columbia Pike.
Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $381,350. The five occupants accepted assistance from the Red Cross.
The fire department urges residents to treat the disposal of used fireworks the same as fireplace ashes: Put them in a metal container, douse them with water, cover the container with a metal lid, and place the container away from the house.