Accidental Cooking Fire at Falls Church Restaurant

Units responded to a commercial building fire Monday, March 30, 2015, at approximately 6:50 p.m., in the Falls Church area of Fairfax County. The restaurant, The Chicken Place, is located at 5519 Leesburg Pike.

Firefighters encountered heavy smoke and fire coming from the hood system and ductwork on the roof upon arrival. Firefighters conducted an aggressive fire attack and brought the fire under control in approximately 20 minutes. The store was evacuated prior to the arrival of emergency personnel. Two individuals were transported to Inova Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Damage is estimated at $50,000.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. The fire started in the exhaust hood system, conducting heat through the metal vent igniting the roof area.