Heat Source Causes Alexandria House Fire

Units responded to a house fire Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at approximately 5:20 a.m., in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 3601 Dannys Lane.

Firefighters encountered heavy smoke coming from the basement of the one-story home upon arrival. Firefighters conducted an aggressive fire attack and quickly brought the fire under control. Smoke alarms provided early warning for the occupants. Seven adults and two children have been displaced. Red Cross is assisting the occupants. There were no injuries.

Damage is estimated at $65,000

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. Combustible materials too close to an active stove burner 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.