Firefighters Respond to Read Building Kitchen Fire

June 3, 2013 12:19 PM3 comments
(Photo: Amy Betor, City of Falls Church Office of Communications)

(Photo: Amy Betor, City of Falls Church Office of Communications)

Emergency responders were called to W. Broad Street’s Read Building Saturday morning for a kitchen fire in one of the building’s units.

At about 10:45 a.m., City of Falls Church Police were alerted to a fire at the Read Building, located at 402 W. Broad St. Fire units from Arlington and Fairfax counties responded to find a fire in the kitchen of a third-floor unit. The fire was contained to the kitchen by the sprinkler system and extinguished by the firefighters. There was significant water damage to the unit involved, adjacent units, and the businesses below.

The City of Falls Church fire marshal ruled the fire accidental, caused by combustibles left unattended on a stove top. There were no injuries. The Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department assisted with initial water removal. Early damage estimates will be in excess of $100,000.




  • I happened to be in the area when this happened and was pretty disappointed in the Falls Church police department. While traffic backed up on Broad Street and Virginia Avenue because westbound Broad Street was closed, the police sat in their patrol cars and talked instead of getting out and directing traffic. Cars were blocking the intersection and at times almost running into pedestrians in the crosswalks.

    • I’m not sure when your photo was taken but I was also in the area at the time of the incident. When traffic was blocked in both directions (for about an hour from 10:50am – 11:50am) I noticed there was a motorcycle officer at the intersection of North Virginia and Park directing traffic (there wasn’t much to direct at Broad – your options were to turn left or right onto Virginia and since there was no traffic from the other direction things were moving pretty smoothly (although very slowly)). Sounds like maybe at a different time they weren’t being quite as proactive.

      Here are some photos I took (not of the police – just the general scene):

      Thankfully it looks like it was a fairly minor incident (as far as these things go).

  • fallschurchidiotsville

    combustibles? near flame?! figured the city was packed with morons. of course traffic was blocked! see what i’m talking about? MORONS!

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