Units responded to a house fire Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at approximately 8:10 a.m., in the McLean area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 1823 Baldwin Drive.
Firefighters encountered smoke coming from the split-level home upon arrival. Firefighters conducted an aggressive fire attack and brought the fire under control in approximately 10 minutes. Firefighters also rescued two dogs. Two occupants have been displaced and are receiving Red Cross support. Smoke alarms were present, but did not activate. Two cats perished in the fire.
Damage is estimated at $93,750.
According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. Ignition of combustible materials near a stove caused the fire.
Cooking Safety Tips
- 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.