At approximately 6:32 p.m. on Tuesday, November 1, units responded for a report of a kitchen fire in a four-story garden style condominium located in the 12000 block of Market Street in the Reston area of the county.
On arrival, neighbors advised firefighters that the occupant of the condo was trapped on the balcony in the interior courtyard. Firefighters immediately proceeded to the courtyard to rescue the occupant. They used a 35-foot ground ladder to climb to the balcony to assist and calm the occupant.
Additional firefighters proceeded to the fourth floor where they discovered light smoke in a public hallway. They stretched the fire hose and entered the condo unit. The smoke in the condo was coming from a small kitchen fire that had been extinguished by a single sprinkler head.
Approximately 40 firefighters responded to the scene. The occupant of the condo was walked out through the building interior by firefighters and transported to an area hospital for evaluation. The occupant’s cat, which was originally reported as missing, was found and reunited with the owner. There were five occupants displaced as a result of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and declined. No firefighter injuries were reported.
The origin and cause investigation revealed that the fire originated in the oven of the condo unit. This fire is classified as accidental in nature.
Total property loss was estimated to be $180,000.00. The property loss total was caused by fire related damage to the involved unit and six condo units.
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