ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Alexandria and Fairfax County Fire Departments reported to the 6000 block of Edsall road for a fire just before 5:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

Upon arrival, responders found a fire in the ground level apartment of a multifamily residential building.

An adult woman was found dead in the apartment where the fire originated.

Officials determined the cause of the fire was due to improperly discarded smoking materials.

“The Alexandria Fire Department would like to remind residents to be extremely cautious when handling smoking materials,” said Acting Fire Chief Corey Smedley. "If you choose to smoke, always smoke outside and extinguish your cigarettes and other smoking materials by putting water on the ashes and butts to make sure they’re completely out before placing it in the proper receptacle.”

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No other apartments in the building were affected.

The cause of death remains under investigation.

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