Fire and Rescue News

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 11-38
Date: May 9, 2011


Accidental West Annandale Kitchen Fire

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire Friday, May 6, 2011, at approximately 12:50 p.m. in the West Annandale area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 4041 Taylor Drive.

Firefighters encountered fire and smoke coming from the front of the ranch-style home upon arrival. Firefighters quickly initiated an interior fire attack inside the home and in several minutes extinguished the fire in the kitchen. The fire was primarily contained to the immediate area; however, there was smoke and water damage throughout the living area.  The lone occupant at home escaped unharmed prior to firefighters arriving on scene. The family pets also escaped unharmed. Two adults and three pets have been displaced. Red Cross is assisting the family. Additionally, the home had no working smoke alarms.

Damage is estimated at $75,000.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. Clothing placed on an electric stove burner in the kitchen 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.
Duty PIO (Weekends/After-hours): 703-877-3702
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