Accidental Burke House Fire Feb. 12 Causes $25,000 in Damage

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Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire Thursday, February 12, 2015, at approximately 10:35 a.m., in the Burke area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 5818 Silschester Street.

Firefighters encountered heavy smoke coming from the two-story home upon arrival. Firefighters conducted an aggressive fire attack and quickly extinguished the fire in the kitchen area. One occupant was treated at the scene by paramedics; however, was not transported. The home did not have working smoke alarms. Three adults and two children have been displaced. Red Cross support was offered but declined by the occupants.

Damage is estimated at $25,000.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. Unattended food on the stove caused the fire.

Kitchen Safety Tips

  • Have a “kid-free zone” of at least three feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.
  • Wear short or tight fitting sleeves when cooking. Long loose sleeves are more likely to catch on fire or get caught on pot handles.
  • Keep things that can catch fire such as dish towels, curtains, or paper, at least three feet away from the stove.
  • Do not leave cooking food unattended. If you leave the kitchen, even for a short time, turn off the stove.
  • Turn pot handles inward, facing the wall to prevent burns caused by overturning or spills.
  • Pot holders or oven mitts prevent burns when handling hot dishes.
  • Regularly clean your cooking equipment so that there are no cooking materials, food items or grease accumulation.
  • Always keep an oven mitt and lid nearby when you are cooking. If a small grease fire starts in a pan, put on an oven mitt and smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan. Turn off the burner. Do not remove the lid until it is completely cool.
  • If there is an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed to prevent flames from burning you and your clothing. Have the oven serviced before you use it again.

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