A man who tried on his own Saturday night to douse a fire at his home in Fairfax City was taken to a hospital with smoke injuries, authorities said.

The fire was reported about 7:20 p.m. in a single family house in the 3500 block of Shelly Krasnow Lane , said Fairfax City Fire Chief Dave Rohr.

A smoke detector went off and the man helped his wife from the house, then tried to combat the blaze with buckets of water, Rohrr said.

He said the man, who finally ran from t he house, suffered smoke-related injuries and was taken by helicopter to the Washington Hospital Center as a precaution, Rohr said.

One firefighter suffered a burn to the hand.

The cause of t he fire w as under investigation, Rohr said. He said it apparently started in an upstairs bedroom before burning t hrough t he roof.