Update: Unattended Food Caused Springfield House Fire

The fire, which displaced two adults and injured two firefighters, has been ruled accidental.

Update Monday, Aug. 27 at 4:40 p.m.: Fire investigators have determined that unattended food on the stove caused Saturday night's accidental fire at 6605 Forsythia St. in Springfield.

According to a news release, more than 60 firefighters were sent to the scene after the Incident Commander and first units on scene saw heavy smoke and fire coming from two sides of the home, elevating the fire to a second alarm.It took firefighters approximately 30 minutes to get the fire under control.

Two firefighters were taken to a nearby hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Damage to the home is estimated at $200,000 and the two adults who were displaced have accepted Red Cross assistance, the release further states.


A two-alarm fire in Springfield displaced a family and sent a Fairfax County firefighter to the hospital.

The original dispatch was at approximately 7:47 p.m. Saturday for a fire in the 6600 block of Forsythia Street.

The owners of the residence were not home at the time the fire began, but they discovered the fire when they arrived home and called for help.

Battalion Chief Richard Roatch confirmed that a firefighter was in the home battling the blaze when he was injured. The firefighter was sent to the hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening. 

The cost of damage to the home is unclear at this time.

Patch will update this story as more information becomes available.


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