Fire Sprinkler Contains Reston Two Alarm Fire

On Sunday, August 20 at approximately 7:51 a.m., units were dispatched for a fire alarm going off in a high rise building in the 12000 block of Sunset Hills Road in the Reston section of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on scene with no smoke or fire evident from the outside of a twelve story, commercial high rise building. Crews proceeded to the 11th floor where they discovered a significant amount of smoke. A second alarm was requested immediately.

Firefighters quickly discovered the fire which had been mostly extinguished by one operating fire sprinkler head. The remaining fire was quickly extinguished and contained to the 11th floor. Crews went to work to clear the smoke conditions on the 11th floor as well as light smoke conditions on the 12th floor.

The building was occupied by approximately 20 employees at the time of the fire. All occupants safely evacuated the building.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started on the 11th floor at a set of four clustered cubicle workspaces. The cause of the fire was electrical in nature involving a junction box that routed power to the four workstations. The nature of the failure is not known at this time.

There were no firefighter or civilian injuries reported. Red Cross assistance was not needed.

Damages as a result of the fire are estimated to be approximately $40,000.

Firefighters To Help Provide School Supplies For Kids In Need

On Friday, August 25 from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m., at the Southgate Community Center, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue personnel will be participating in a free back to school event for kids in need. They will be providing school supplies for deserving children. Firefighters will also be showing off their fire trucks, handing out safety information, and providing other fun activities.

Public safety partners Fairfax County Police Department and Fairfax County Sheriff’s Department will also be in attendance.

Firefighters To Help Provide School Supplies For Kids In Need

Annandale House Fire Caused By Overloaded Power Strip

On Thursday, August 17 at approximately 10:48 p.m., units were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 3400 block of Annandale Road in the Annandale section of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on the scene of a one and a half story house with smoke and fire showing in the rear of the home. Crews quickly doused the exterior fire and then advanced into the home to complete extinguishment of the fire. Simultaneously, other crews initiated a rapid search and confirmed all occupants had safely evacuated the home. The fire was contained to the rear area of the home.

One occupant was home at the time of the fire. The fire was reported to 9-1-1 by another occupant that arrived at the front door and saw smoke. The one occupant home at the time of the fire woke to the smell of smoke and exited the home prior to the activation of the smoke alarms.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in the one-story addition on the back of the home. The fire originated in a power strip and was most likely due to the overloading of the power strip.

There were no reported civilian or fire fighter injuries. Red Cross assistance was requested and utilized. A total of five occupants were displaced.

Damage as a result of the fire is estimated to be approximately $18,750.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue would also like to remind all residents about electrical safety for extension cords, power strips and surge protectors:

  • Replace worn, old or damaged extension cords right away.
  • Use extension cords for temporary purposes only.
  • Avoid putting cords where they can be damaged or pinched, like under a carpet or rug.
  • Do not overload power strips.
  • Use power strips that have internal overload protection.

National Firefighters of Colombia Visit FCFRD And Virginia Task Force One

On August 16-17, a delegation from the National Firefighters of Colombia visited Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and Virginia Task Force 1 in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA). The purpose of the meeting was to exchange best practices.

As a thank you for hosting, Fire Chief Richard Bowers was presented with Colombian Coffee as a gift by the Firefighters of Colombia.

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West Springfield Carpet Store Fire Goes To Three Alarms

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday, August 16, at approximately 5:28 p.m., units were dispatched for a reported building fire in the 6300 block of Rolling Road in the West Springfield section of Fairfax County.

Units arrived on the scene and reported smoke showing from the front of the building. Occupants stated there was a fire in the basement of the carpet store. A second alarm was requested. Firefighters evacuated the surrounding businesses and deployed multiple fire hose to extinguish the fire.

The fire escalated to three alarms due to the heat and intensive labor required to extinguish the fire. The fire was quickly extinguished and confined to the basement level of the carpet store.

The store was occupied by four people at the time of the fire. An employee saw flames and smoke and called 9-1-1. The store was not equipped with smoke alarms. However, the building had a fire sprinkler system which helped to contain the fire and prevented it from spreading.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and was caused by a hot recessed light bulb. The hot bulb fell from the light fixture and ignited the plastic wrapped carpet rolls stored on the metal and wood racks underneath the fixture.

There were no reported civilian injuries. One fire fighter sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to an area hospital for evaluation. Red Cross assistance was not required.

Damage as a result of the fire is estimated to be approximately $45,100.

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Firefighters To Participate In Free Back To School Event

On Wednesday, August 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Gum Springs Community Center, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue personnel will be participating in a free back to school event for kids in need. They will be providing a backpack with school supplies and free haircuts to deserving children. Firefighters will also be showing off their fire trucks, handing out safety information, and providing other fun activities.  

Public safety partners Fairfax County Police Department and Fairfax County Sheriff’s Department will also be in attendance.

Hair Cuts

 

Driving In Fog

A little foggy out there this morning! There is a Dense Fog Advisory in effect through 9 a.m. this morning. Drive safely out there as our firefighters do not want to meet you by “accident” this morning.

When driving this morning, please keep the following driving in fog safety tips, from the National Weather Service, in mind:

  • Slow down and allow extra time to reach your destination.
  • Make your vehicle visible to others both ahead of you and behind you by using your low-beam headlights since this means your taillights will also be on. Use fog lights if you have them.
  • Never use your high-beam lights. Using high beam lights causes glare, making it more difficult for you to see what’s ahead of you on the road.
  • Leave plenty of distance between you and the vehicle in front of you to account for sudden stops or changes in the traffic pattern.
  • To ensure you are staying in the proper lane, follow the lines on the road with your eyes.
  • In extremely dense fog where visibility is near zero, the best course of action is to first turn on your hazard lights, then simply pull into a safe location such as a parking lot of a local business and stop.
Driving in Fog

Photo via the National Weather Service Website