Grease Fire Causes Partial Evacuation of Tysons Corner Center

On July 15, at approximately 6:04 p.m., units responded to 7863 Tysons Corner Center in the McLean area for reports of smoke coming from Tysons Corner Center.

Upon arrival, units observed smoke showing from the roof the three-story wing of the mall. Firefighters conducted an aggressive attack and the fire was brought under control. Due to the extent of the fire and extreme heat, three-alarms were sounded bringing over 80 firefighters to the scene. The Arlington County Fire and Rescue Department, City of Fairfax Fire Department, and Fairfax County Police Department provided mutual aid. There were no firefighter or civilian injuries. The effected wing of the mall was evacuated. Property loss is estimated at $35,000.

The fire was determined to be accidental. Investigation revealed the fire originated in the hood system located above a solid fuel (wood) cooking appliance. The operating appliance caused the grease within the hood system to reach its ignition temperature. The fire was contained to the exhaust duct.