Accidental West Springfield Townhouse Fire
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department
News Release 14-12
Date: February 04, 2014
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a townhouse fire, Monday, February 3, 2014, at approximately 2:35 p.m., in the West Springfield area of Fairfax County. The townhouse is located 7647 Tiverton Drive.
Firefighters encountered smoke from the first floor of the three-story end unit townhouse upon arrival. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire. There was no fire extension into the adjacent townhouse. No one was home when the fire broke out. One occupant has been displaced. Red Cross support was declined. There were no injuries.
There were no smoke alarms in the units. A next door neighbor saw smoke coming from the electrical outlets and called 911.
Damage is estimated at $50,000.
According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. Unattended food 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 Randal Bittinger,
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, 703-246-3801 and TTY: 711.
Duty PIO (Weekends/After-hours): 703-877-3702
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services and activities. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request.
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