Seven Corners Building Fire Electrical In Nature

On Thursday, September 21 at approximately 10:41 a.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and Arlington County Fire Department were dispatched for a reported building fire in the 6300 block of Leesburg Pike in the Seven Corners section of Fairfax County. 

Units arrived on scene of a three-story office building with smoke showing from the rear of the building. Crews located and extinguished a small fire in a second floor break room. 

The building was equipped with working smoke alarms which alerted the building occupants. One of the occupants called 9-1-1. 

Fire Investigators determined that the fire originated in a telecommunications closet located in the second floor break room. The fire was electrical in nature though the exact cause could not be determined.  

There were no firefighter or civilian injuries reported. Damages as a result of the fire are estimated to be $25,000. 

Photos Courtesy of Andrew Pang, DC – Metro Fire Photographers.

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Promotions

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department is pleased to announce the following uniformed and civilian promotions.Promotions

The following individual has been promoted to Battalion Chief:

  • Gorham, Todd

The following individual has been promoted to Captain I:

  • Schermerhorn, Scott

The following individual has been promoted to Lieutenant:

  • Flynn, John

The following individuals have been promoted to Technician:

  • Chong, Howard
  • Clist, Todd
  • Dickinson, Sally

The following individuals have achieved a Proficiency Designation as a Master Technician – Haz Mat:

  • Breslin, Joseph
  • Leland, Stephanie

Civilian Promotions

  • Pulliam, Sheila has been promoted to Inspector IV
  • Thomson, Reena has been promoted to Financial Specialist IV

Acting Capacity Promotions

The following individual has been promoted (acting) to Technician:

  • Cajayon, Michael

Congratulations to all on their promotions! Best wishes and stay safe in your new assignments.

 

New South County Fire Marshal’s Office Open

On Wednesday, September 20 an open house was held at the recently opened South County Office of the Fire Marshal facility. The office is located at 8333 Richmond Highway in the old Mount Vernon High School building.

This satellite location will allow customers, located in that area of the county, easier access to services that are housed at the main Fairfax office location. As well, personnel assigned to that area will now work out of that office thus cutting down greatly on travel time. Supervisors McKay and Storck were on hand to welcome staff and visitors to the new facility.

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Overloaded Electrical Outlet Causes Rose Hill House Fire

On Monday, September 18, at approximately 11:49 p.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and the City of Alexandria Fire Department were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 4100 block of Ivanhoe Lane in the Rose Hill section of Fairfax County. 

Units arrived on scene with smoke showing from the front of a one-story, single family home. Firefighters quickly found and extinguished a fire in the garage. 

Five occupants were home at the time of the fire. One of the occupants was alerted by the sound of the garage door opening. Upon investigating the noise, he discovered a fire in the garage and used a fire extinguisher to extinguish part of the fire. Another occupant used a garden hose to assist with containing the fire. 

There was one smoke alarm in the house and that did not activate. Firefighters installed three smoke alarms in the home prior to leaving.  

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in the garage. The cause of the fire was an overloaded electrical outlet. 

There were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries. Red Cross assistance was offered and declined. 

Damages as a result of the fire are estimated to be $12,000.

 

 

 

 

Free Heart Screening at Westfield High School This Saturday

Through the great work of the Ryan Lopynski Big Heart Foundation, there will be FREE on-site heart screenings this Saturday, September 23 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Westfield High School. They are provided for students ages 12-26. The results are reviewed on site by local cardiologists. Several of your Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department members will be on hand as well.

To learn more about the event, please go here: Free Heart Screening at Westfield High School

To learn more about the foundation, please go here: Ryan Lopynski Big Heart Foundation

Did You Know: Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the leading cause of death in young athletes in the US. The best way to detect these heart conditions is through a heart screening using an EKG (Electrocardiogram). An EKG screening analyzes the electrical signals of the heart and is not typically provided at a youth’s annual physical.*

Free Heart Screening at Westfield High School This Saturday

Courtesy of the Ryan Lopynski Big Heart Foundation

 

*via the Ryan Lopynski Big Heart Foundation

Malfunctioning Clothes Dryer Causes Hybla Valley Townhouse Fire

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On Monday, September 18, at approximately 12:43 p.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and the City of Alexandria Fire Department were dispatched for a reported townhouse fire in the 2500 block of Windbreak Drive in the Hybla Valley section of Fairfax County. 

First arriving units reported no smoke or fire was visible from the exterior of the townhome. Upon further investigation, firefighters discovered a fire in the basement. The fire was quickly extinguished and contained to the basement. There were no firefighter or civilian injuries reported. 

No one was home when the fire was discovered. Neighbors saw smoke coming from the dryer vent and called 9-1-1. Two adults were displaced as a result of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and accepted.  

Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in the laundry room in the basement. The fire was caused by a malfunctioning clothes dryer.  

Damages as a result of the fire were estimated to be $20,000.