Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department
4100 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax, Virginia 22030
Phone: 703-246-3801, TTY: 711 and Fax:703-385-1687
Duty PIO (Weekends/After-hours): 703-280-0694
Media Information Line: 703-324-3000
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a fatal house fire at approximately 1:35 a.m., Tuesday, June 17, 2008, in the Falls Church area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 2764 Annandale Road.
Firefighters encountered light smoke showing from the first floor in the kitchen and living room area upon arrival. The fire was quickly extinguished. A smoke alarm near the kitchen sounded and provided early warning for the two occupants on the second floor of the two-story brick home. Firefighters found an adult male, Larry T. Johnson, 52, deceased on a sofa near a bedroom on the first floor. The other occupants escaped unharmed.
Damage is estimated at $700.
According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. The victim’s clothes caught fire while cooking.
This is the fifth fire fatality this year in Fairfax County.
- Wear short, close fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking. Loose clothing can dangle onto stove burners and catch fire.
- Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen, even for a short time, turn off the stove.
- Keep anything that can catch fire—potholders, towels, or curtains—away from your stovetop.
- Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.
- 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.
For more information, call Daniel L. Schmidt or Lieutenant Raúl G. Castillo, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, 703-246-3801 and TTY: 711. Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request.