Radiant Heat From Burner Causes Fairfax House Fire

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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.

 

 

Uniontown House Fire A Total Loss

On Friday, June 9, at approximately 3:20 p.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and Prince William Fire and Rescue responded to a reported house fire in the 14700 block of Pickets Post Road in the Uniontown section of Fairfax County.  

First arriving units reported heavy fire showing from the garage and extending into the two-story single family house. Crews quickly attacked the fire from the exterior of the home to knock it down before moving inside to continue extinguishing the fire. The fire was brought under control in approximately 20 minutes. One occupant was transported to the hospital. There were no firefighter injuries.

The house next door sustained heat damage to its exterior siding. However, it did not extend into the house due to preventive efforts by firefighters.

A passerby discovered the fire and notified the occupants. Red Cross is providing assistance to four occupants.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire started in the attached garage. The cause is under investigation.

Damages as a result of the fire are estimated to be approximately $419,375. The heat damage to the neighboring home is not included in the damage estimate.

Unattended Cooking Causes Sully Station Apartment Fire

On Wednesday, June 7, at approximately 7:28 p.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Fire and Rescue Department (Dulles Airport) were dispatched for a reported garden apartment fire in the 5100 block of Woodmere Drive in the Sully Station area of Fairfax County.Unattended Cooking Causes Sully Station Apartment Fire

Units arrived on scene to find heavy smoke showing from the hallway of a three-story garden apartment building. Firefighters quickly determined the location of the smoke and entered the apartment to find fire in the kitchen area. The fire was quickly contained and then extinguished. There was no fire extension to any other apartment units.

Two occupants reside in the apartment but were not home at the time of the fire. The fire was reported by the adult occupant when she returned home and discovered smoke upon attempting to enter her apartment. There was one smoke alarm in the apartment and unknown if it activated.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire started in the kitchen of the apartment. The fire is accidental in nature and was caused by an unattended pan of oil left on the heating element of the stove-top.

There were no reported civilian or fire fighter injuries. Red Cross assistance was utilized for one adult and one child displaced by the fire. Damages as a result of the fire were estimated to be approximately $93,750.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue would also like to remind all residents about cooking safely. Please remember to “Watch What You Heat!

Kitchen Safety Tips

◾Have a “kid-free zone” of at least three feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.

◾Wear short or tight fitting sleeves when cooking. Long loose sleeves are more likely to catch on fire or get caught on pot handles.

◾Keep things that can catch fire such as dish towels, curtains, or paper, at least three feet away from the stove.

◾Do not leave cooking food unattended. If you leave the kitchen, even for a short time, turn off the stove.

◾Turn pot handles inward, facing the wall to prevent burns caused by overturning or spills.

◾Pot holders or oven mitts prevent burns when handling hot dishes.

◾Regularly clean your cooking equipment so that there are no cooking materials, food items or grease accumulation.

◾Always keep an oven mitt and lid nearby when you are cooking. If a small grease fire starts in a pan, put on an oven mitt and smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan. Turn off the burner. Do not remove the lid until it is completely cool.

◾If there is an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed to prevent flames from burning you and your clothing. Have the oven serviced before you use it again.

Our (Young) Hero

Ava, age 8, is a cancer survivor. Recently, she and her family ran their 5th Annual Team Ava – Alex’s Lemonade Stand! This effort is dedicated to raising funds for research into new treatments and cures for children battling cancer.

To help the cause of this inspirational young lady Fire Station 40, Fairfax Center, B-Shift Lieutenant Ray Johnson organized a mini-parade in the community to help draw attention to Ava’s lemonade stand. Several units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and the City of Fairfax Fire Department attended in force.

They also purchased some delicious lemonade and gave tours of the fire trucks to the community! It was a great event! Ava’s mom reports the stand raised over $800!

Ava is an inspiration and our hero!

Photos courtesy of Ava’s mom Jeannie

Unattended Cooking Causes Reston House Fire

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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.

 

 

Electrical Malfunction Causes Reston Townhouse Fire

On Wednesday, June 7, at approximately 5:09 a.m., units were dispatched for a reported townhouse fire in the 1600 block of Greenbriar Court in the Reston section of Fairfax County.

First arriving units reported fire showing from a three-story townhouse. Firefighters made an aggressive attack and extinguished the fire in approximately 20 minutes.

During fire extinguishment operations, one firefighter fell through the first floor to the basement. A mayday was initiated and the firefighter was recovered in short order. Crews evaluated the firefighter and no obvious injuries were noted. As a precaution, the firefighter was transported to a local hospital for a checkup. The firefighter was released a short time later and cleared medically to return to duty.

A passerby discovered the fire and called 9-1-1. No occupants were in the townhouse at the time of the fire. There were no smoke alarms present.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire started in a recessed light above the basement ceiling. The cause was determined to be accidental in nature involving a junction box suppling electrical power to a recessed light fixture.

One adult male and one adult female were displaced as a result of the fire. Red Cross assistance was declined. There were no reported civilian injuries.

Damages as a result of the fire are estimated to be approximately $125,000.