Accidental Vienna Area House Fire


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
fire-rescue.PA-LSE@fairfaxcounty.gov

News Release 13-20
Date:  February 14, 2013

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire, Tuesday, February 12, 2013, at approximately 7:30 p.m., in the Vienna area of Fairfax County. The single family home is located at 10400 Hunter View Road.

Firefighters saw smoke and fire coming from the front of the one-story home upon arrival. Firefighters conducted an aggressive interior fire attack and quickly brought the fire under control. Firefighters rescued two German shepherd dogs during the primary search of the home. Neighbors called 911 after hearing sounding smoke alarms and smoke coming from the home. The occupants were not at home when the fire broke out. Both occupants have been displaced. Red Cross support was offered but declined. There were no injuries.

Damage is estimated at $20,000.

The cause of the fire was accidental, food left on the stove caused the fire.


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 William Moreland, 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.
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