First Fire Fatality For 2012

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 12-37
Date:  May 29, 2012

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a fire in an apartment building Thursday, May 24, 2012, at approximately 9:40 p.m. in the Dunn Loring area of Fairfax County. The apartment building is located at 1808 Old Meadow Road. Firefighters arrived on scene and encountered a light haze and a fire that had been extinguished by a passing neighbor in a second floor apartment. An adult male was transported by ground to Washington Hospital Center’s Burn Unit with life threatening injures. 

Damage is estimated at $2,000.00

The victim, Carroll Adams, 91, later succumbed to his injuries.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. While cooking at the stove, the victim's clothing caught fire causing thermal burns to his body.

This is the first fire fatality in Fairfax County since September 2010. 

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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