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A fire at a home in Herndon displaced two residents yesterday (Wednesday).

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue personnel brought the fire under control on the 1500 block of Millikens Bend Road around 2:11 p.m. that day.

A resident who was home at the time discussed the fire on a stovetop. Fire investigators believe the fire started in the kitchen after cooking oil ignited and spread to nearby combustibles.

The fire caused $255,675 in damages. A dog that resided in the home died during the incident.

Photo via Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

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Thursday Morning Notes

Apartment Fire in Greywing Square — A fire started in the kitchen of an apartment unit on the 12000 block of Greywing Square yesterday evening. The cause of the fire is under investigation. [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department]

Reston Association Meeting Moved — Next week’s Board Governance Committee has been moved to March 3 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting takes place at the Walker Nature Center. [Reston Association]

Submission Sought for Mary B. Howard Invitational — The Greater Reston Arts Center invites artists to submit a proposal for the new exhibition, “An Excellent Thought About a Quality Idea.” Submissions are due by March 15. [Greater Reston Arts Center]

Photo via vantagehill/Flickr 

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A Reston house fire displaced five people on Monday (Feb. 17).

It took the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department 12 minutes to extinguish the fire, which started in the single-family home on the 10700 block of Meadowood Drive at around 1:40 p.m. that day.

Fire investigators said the fire was caused by an unattended stove in the kitchen. The incident caused $243,750 in damages.

Photos via Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

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Cafesano’s cafe in South Lakes Village Center is finally open after a fire fired the Italian and Mediterranean restaurant to cease operation of its dine-in services.

But normal business has not resumed yet. As of last week, Cafesano is offering a limited dine-in menu at the location. The full menu is being offered for all online, take-out and catering orders.

A Dec. 1 fire that started in the kitchen forced the business to partially close. Fire investigators discovered that the fire was caused by grease buildup in the ventilation system.

The incident caused $2,000 in damages, according to fire investigators.

Photo via Cafesano

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A small fire broke out at the Signature apartments in Reston Town Center this afternoon.

Local fire and rescue crews put out the fire, which started on a stovetop around 4 p.m. today (Tuesday).

No injuries were reported.

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An apartment fire at The Cosmopolitan at Reston Town Center was sparked by an electrical event in an HVAC unit, according to fire investigators.

The fire broke out on the 14th floor of the apartment building during the afternoon last Friday (Jan. 3).

Though a spokesperson originally told Reston Now that only one person was transported to the hospital, a tweet from the fire department this morning (Jan. 6) said that a second person was also taken to the hospital for a checkup.

A contractor working in the vacant apartment discovered the fire, which was too small to activate sprinklers, according to the latest Fairfax County Fire and Rescue tweet.

The fire resulted in around $1,000 worth of damages, according to the tweet.

Photo via Fairfax County Fire and Rescue/Twitter

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Updated at 2:40 p.m. — Fairfax County Fire and Rescue tweeted shortly after 2:30 p.m. that the building has been partially re-occupied.

“Rest of building expected shortly,” the tweet said. “Several units are returning to service. No other reported injuries at this time.”

Earlier: Fairfax County firefighters have extinguished an apartment fire at The Cosmopolitan at Reston Town Center.

The fire was reported shortly before 1 p.m., according to a Fairfax County Fire and Rescue spokesperson.

The fire department first tweeted about the apartment fire in the 1800 block of Saint Francis Street around 1:20 p.m., saying crews were trying to determine the source of smoke that appeared from a window on the 14th floor.

One resident was brought to a nearby hospital for a routine checkup, according to the spokesperson, who added that other building residents should be able to return inside shorty.

Shortly before 2 p.m., the fire department tweeted that the “small apartment fire is out.”

“Crews working to remove smoke from 14th floor,” the tweet said.

Image via Google Maps and Fairfax County Fire and Rescue/Twitter

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Fairfax County fire investigators say that the auto-ignition of cooking oil caused a house fire in the Town of Herndon on Jan. 1.

The fire broke out around 2:44 a.m. in the 1400 block of Cuttermill Court. The incident caused roughly $93,750 in damages, according to the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue DepartmentThe fire was caused by cooking oil that spread to nearby combustibles in the kitchen.

Three people were at home when the fire broke out. No injuries were reported.

Fire and rescue officials urge residents to ensure smoke detectors are working inside homes.  In this incident, residents were awakened by the sound of a smoke alarm.

The firefighters and paramedics of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue would like to remind all residents that half of all fire deaths happen between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Working smoke alarms save lives.”

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A fire that broke out this morning at a townhouse in Reston is now out.

Flames were sparked inside of a kitchen appliance at the 2200 block of Lofty Heights Place, according to a tweet shortly after 10 a.m. from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue.

Firefighters have extinguished the fire, according to the fire department.

It is unclear if anyone was injured.

Map via Google Maps

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Fairfax County fire investigators say that an electrical event caused the house fire in Reston on last Monday, which resulted in thousands of dollars worth of damage and displaced four residents.

The fire broke out around 6 p.m. in the 2000 block of Beacon Place.

“The fire was swiftly contained and extinguished,” Fairfax County Fire and Rescue said in an update today (Monday). “There were no civilian injuries reported. One firefighter suffered a minor injury and was transported to an area hospital for a check-up.”

Three people who were home at the time of the fire safely evacuated after the homeowner smelled smoke, the fire department said.

“Fire Investigators determined that the fire started in the basement and was accidental in nature,” the fire department said. “The cause of the fire was an electrical event involving the wiring for the AC disconnect box.”

The fire resulted in damages worth $183,750 and displaced four residents, according to the post.

The displaced residents declined Red Cross assistance.

Photo by Fairfax County Fire and Rescue 

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A fire that happened Monday evening in a Reston home is under investigation.

Local fire and rescue crews put out the fire, which was located in the basement and first floor of the home on the 2000 block of Beacon Place.

All occupants were accounted for and no injuries were reported.

A spokesperson for the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department said the cause of the fire and an estimate of damages has not been made public yet.

Photo by Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

 

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Five family members are displaced after a fire engulfed their home on the 1100 block of Silver Beech Road in Herndon.

The fire, which caused $784,550 in damages, was caused by the improper disposal of fire pit ashes, according to the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.

Officials believe the fire started on the deck near an outdoor fire pit. The family was at home when the fire broke out at around 2:30 a.m. on Monday (Dec.  9).

The fire spread throughout the come and caused a partial collapse of the roof. No injuries were reported.

Photos via Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

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It could take up to two weeks for Cafesano’s cafe to reopen in South Lakes Village Center after a fire caused $2,000 in damages in early December.

A company representative told Reston Now that the Italian and Mediterranean restaurant is currently taking takeout orders.

On Dec. 1, a fire broke out at the shopping center. Fire investigators said the fire was caused by grease buildup in the store’s ventilation system.

An exact opening date has not been set yet.

Photo by Jay Westcott

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A home in Herndon was engulfed in flames at around 3 a.m. today.

Fire and rescue crews took out the fire at the two-story, single-family home on the 1100 block of Silver Beech Road in Herndon.

Two adults and three children, who were in the home at the time of the incident, were evacuated safely.

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and the Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Department responded to the scene.

This story will be updated.

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Cafesano’s cafe in South Lakes Village Center is temporarily closed for repairs until further notice after a fire in its kitchen on Sunday (Dec. 1).

According to a sign posted on the Italian and Mediterranean restaurant’s storefront, the restaurant is taking pick-up orders from the market in Suite C of the shopping center.

Fire department officials have ruled that a fire at the restaurant was accidental in nature. Officials believe it was caused by grease buildup in the ventilation system of the restaurant.

“The fire was accidental and originated in the ductwork for the kitchen hood system. The cause was ignition of grease buildup in the ventilation system,” a spokesperson for the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department told Reston Now.

Damages are estimated at $2,000. It is unclear when the restaurant will reopen.

Photo by Jay Westcott

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