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 10-38
Date: March 19, 2010
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a service station fire Thursday, March 18, 2010, at approximately 1:30 a.m. in the Annandale area of Fairfax County. The Sunoco service station is located at 7209 Little River Turnpike.
Firefighters encountered heavy smoke and fire coming from the rear and right side of the single story, three-bay building upon arrival. Heavy fire was also coming from the roof of the bays. A second fire alarm was struck, bringing over 60 firefighters to the scene. Firefighters used a ladder truck to fight the fire on the roof. The fire was brought under control in approximately one hour. There was one occupant in the building when the fire started, but escaped unharmed. Firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to nearby fuel pumps and tanks. The station will be closed until permitted repairs are completed.
Damage is estimated at $80,000.
According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental and originated in the break room in the rear of the station. A hotplate caused the fire.
Cooking Safety Tips
- 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.
- Wear short, close fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking. Loose clothing can dangle onto stove burners and catch fire.
- Keep anything that can catch fire—potholders, towels, or curtains—away from your stovetop.
- Have a “kid-free zone” of at least three 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 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.