Huntington, VA – Apartment kitchen fire extinguished by sprinkler system; No injuries reported

A kitchen fire was put out by a sprinkler system and caused no injuries at a Huntington high-rise building on Saturday, according to Fairfax County Fire and Rescue.

Units responded to the eight-story apartment building in the 5900 block of Richmond Highway around 5:05 p.m. Saturday. Three residents were home when the fire occurred in the kitchen. A child found the fire and alerted her father, who unsuccessfully tried to put it out with a towel. The resident notified his roommate, who called 911.

Fire department units arrived to find the fire had been extinguished by the sprinkler system. Investigators determined the cause of the fire was an air fryer igniting on the electric stove top when a stove burner was accidentally turned on. Damages were estimated to be $25,000.

Four residents were displaced, and Red Cross assistance was declined. Building management is helping the displaced residents.

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