Accidental Mount Vernon Apartment Fire

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 14-113
Date:  November, 29, 2014

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a high-rise apartment fire Friday, November 28, 2014 at approximately 11:50 p.m. in the Mount Vernon area of the county. The sixteen-story apartment building is located at 5850 Cameron Run Terrace.

Firefighters encountered heavy smoke conditions upon arrival. Firefighters conducted an aggressive fire attack and quickly extinguished the fire. While conducting a search, firefighters and removed one occupant. The fire was contained to the apartment of origin; however, smoke was present from the fourth through the sixteenth floors. Approximately 100 occupants were temporarily evacuated. Red Cross supported the four displaced occupants. One Occupant was treated and transported for non-life threatening injuries.

Damage is estimated at $25,000.

The fire was accidental, unattended cooking 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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