Unattended Cooking Causes Reston House Fire


On Saturday, June 3 at approximately 4:22 a.m., units responded to a reported house fire in the 2200 block of Dosinia Court in the Reston section of Fairfax County.

First arriving units reported fire showing from the garage of a two-story single family home. Crews went to work extinguishing the fire in the garage. Fire suppression operations were hindered due to hoarding conditions found on all levels of the home.

The fire was discovered by one of the occupants who was cooking on a propane fueled burner in the garage. She alerted the remaining sleeping occupants, exited the structure, and called 911. All other occupants safely evacuated the home prior to fire department arrival. The home was equipped with one battery operated smoke alarm on each level. All of the smoke alarms, except the one in the basement, were found to be disabled (battery removed).

Fire Investigators determined that the fire started within the garage of the home. The cause of the fire was accidental in nature and was the result of the ignition of cooking oil spilled on the propane burner in use inside of the garage. The fire quickly spread to nearby cardboard boxes located around the propane burner.

One civilian occupant was transported to an area hospital for non-life threatening injuries. There were no firefighter injuries reported. Red Cross Assistance was offered and declined.

Damages as a result of the fire were estimated to be approximately $120,000.