Accidental Centreville House Fire

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 11-89
Date:  November 14, 2011 

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire Sunday, November 13, 2011, at approximately 6:45 p.m., in the Centreville area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 14413 William Carr Lane.

Firefighters encountered heavy smoke coming from the front door of the two-story home upon arrival. Firefighters brought the fire under control in approximately 20 minutes. The fire was primarily contained to the kitchen area with minor fire extension to the floor space above.  Working smoke alarms were present in the home. Two adults and two children have been displaced. Red Cross assistance was declined. There were no injuries.

Damage is estimated at $40,000.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. Food left on the stovetop caused the fire.

Oven Range Safety Tips

The most common household accidents happen when operating the family stove or range. To reduce this risk:
  • Keep burners, the stove top, and oven clean and free of grease and other flammable debris.
  • Never leave flammable items such as hot pads or towels near burners.
  • Don’t leave food cooking unattended.
  • Never spray aerosols near a flame.
  • Always turn pot handles inward to avoid the possibility of knocking a pot off the stove.
  • Never wear clothing with long, loose sleeves while cooking.
  • Periodically inspect electrical cords and gas connections for wear and damage.

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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