Unattended Cooking Causes Lorton Fire


On Monday, March 27 at approximately 9:18 a.m., units were dispatched to a report of a kitchen fire in the 9500 block of Hagel Circle in the Lorton section of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on scene and reported light smoke showing from the first floor window of a two-story condominium. Firefighters entered the unit and found a fire which was quickly extinguished and contained to the kitchen area.

The home was occupied by two adults and three juveniles at the time of the fire. An occupant discovered the fire on the stove top and notified 911. All occupants safely evacuated prior to fire department arrival. There were no smoke alarms present in the unit.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and originated in the kitchen area on the first floor. The fire was caused by a burner that was left on which ignited the cooking oil in an unattended pan on the stove top.

There were no reported civilian or fire fighter injuries. Red Cross assistance was offered and accepted. Damages were estimated at approximately $93,750.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue would like to remind all residents that working smoke alarms save lives as well as property. After performing all duties extinguishing the fire, Fairfax County Firefighters checked adjacent condos in the neighborhood for working smoke alarms.