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Causes of Fire Damage in Commercial Properties

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial Cooking Fire Commercial cooking is an enormous danger, and it was a culprit behind 30,900 fires within the past decade.

Fire damage to your commercial business in Northern Virginia can be catastrophic. It does not matter what your business entails, it can mean downtime, loss of goods, costly equipment loss, loss of property, or worse. A fire can quickly move through a building and even put your team at risk. It can be a situation that escalates faster than you are ready to handle if you are not prepared. Good planning can help ensure that a fire does not happen or if it does, how it can be handled quickly and effectively. Listed below are the top five leading causes of a commercial fire, between 2006 and 2015, according to the United States Fire Administration


Cooking is an enormous danger, and it was a culprit behind 30,900 fires within the past decade. Therefore, it is crucial to install fire alarms and a sprinkler system in your kitchen to prevent against the worst! 

Unintentional and Careless Behavior

This is a very broad category. Unintentional and careless behavior, better known as accidents, caused more than 10,900 commercial fires. While it is a challenge to stop people from being careless, business owners and property managers cannot afford to be. 


Intentionally set fires represented 9,800 of the total fires in these properties. 

Electrical malfunction

Problems with the electricity or wiring in a building caused around 7,000 fires in the past decade. 

Heating problems

Problematic HVAC systems are the culprit behind about 6,000 commercial fires nationwide. 

Trust that our team at SERVPRO of Dale City/Lake Ridge and SERVPRO of Woodbridge/Lorton keeps in mind that down time for your business is money lost. Our team will work around the clock to make it “Like it never even happened,” and ensure your business is back up and running as quickly as possible! 

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