Mount Vernon Apartment Fire Caused By Unattended Cooking

On Tuesday, May 16, at approximately 9:27 a.m., units responded to a reported apartment fire in the 8200 block of Russell Road in the Mount Vernon section of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on scene to find smoke showing from the second floor of a three story garden apartment. Firefighters discovered an active kitchen fire in an apartment and made an aggressive attack to extinguish the fire. Their quick response prevented the fire from spreading any further.

One occupant was home in the apartment at the time of the fire and was alerted to the fire by the smoke alarm.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire originated in the kitchen area. The fire was accidental in nature and was caused by an unattended pot of oil left on the stove while still heating.

Tenants from two apartments were displaced. Red Cross services were offered on scene but declined. No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported. Damages as a result of the fire are estimated to be approximately $46,875.

Photos courtesy of Anthony Kelleher.