Radiant Heat From Burner Causes Fairfax House Fire


On Sunday, June 11, at approximately 9:22 p.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and the City of Fairfax Fire Department were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 10400 block of Finchley Court in the Fairfax area of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on scene and reported light smoke showing from the front door of a two-story, single family home. Firefighters entered the home and discovered that the fire was already out. The fire was isolated to the kitchen area.

The fire was discovered by the occupants of the home when they returned from a family outing. All occupants were safely outside when firefighters arrived. Smoke alarms were present in the home but it is undetermined if they activated.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire started in the kitchen. The cause of the fire was accidental in nature and was the result of radiant heat, from a range burner left on, igniting combustible materials close by.

Red Cross is assisting the two adults and four children displaced as a result of the fire. No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported. Damages as a result of the fire are estimated to be approximately $62,500.