Malfunctioning Refrigerator Causes Burke Townhouse Fire

Malfunctioning Refrigerator Causes Burke Townhouse FireOn Thursday, April 13, at approximately 7:06 p.m., units were dispatched for a townhouse fire in the 5500 block of Hollins Lane in the Burke section of Fairfax County.

The fire was discovered by Rescue Squad 14 from Fire Station 14, Burke, as the crew was driving nearby when they noticed smoke in the area. Upon investigating they discovered fire visible from two floors of a middle of the row townhouse. The unit immediately notified the Fairfax County 911 center and additional fire and rescue units were dispatched.

Simultaneously, the occupants were returning home and discovered the fire when they opened the front entry door. Smoke alarms were installed and sounding. Firefighters entered the home and found most of the fire in the kitchen area. The fire was quickly extinguished with minor extension to the second floor and attic.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire started in the kitchen area. The fire was accidental in nature and caused by a malfunctioning refrigerator.

There were no firefighter or civilian injuries reported. Two adults and two children were displaced as a result of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered but declined.

Damages as a result of the fire are approximately $163,750.