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): 703-877-3702
News Release 09-88
Date: December 7, 2009
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire Saturday, December 5, 2009, at approximately 9:05 p.m. in the Centreville area of Fairfax County. The home is located at 6734 Hartwood Lane.
Firefighters encountered smoke upon arrival of the two-story, single family home. A house sitter called 911 after arriving at the house and finding smoke and fire inside. Firefighters kept the fire from spreading, containing the fire to primarily the first floor kitchen area. Firefighters brought the fire under control in approximately 15 minutes. Three adults have been displaced. No one else was home when the fire broke out. Red Cross support was not necessary. There were no injuries.
Damage is estimated at $70,000.
According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. The fire originated in the kitchen on the center island cooktop.
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.
For more information, call Daniel L. Schmidt or Captain I Randal Bittinger, 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.