Accidental Reston Townhouse Fire
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department
News Release 13-58
Date: May 21, 2013
Fairfax Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a townhouse fire, Monday, May 20, 2013, at approximately 2:25 p.m., in the Reston area of Fairfax County. The single family home is located at 11881 Saint Trinians Court.
Firefighters encountered heavy smoke coming from the first floor of the three-story, middle townhouse upon arrival. Firefighters conducted an aggressive interior fire attack and quickly brought the fire under control. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the first floor; however, there was significant smoke damage throughout the home. A neighbor called 911 when they noticed smoke coming from the home. No one was home when the fire broke out. Three adults and a child have been displaced. Red Cross is supporting the occupants. There were no injuries.
Damage is estimated at $100,000.
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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