On Thursday, February 2, at approximately 9:09 p.m., units were dispatched for a reported fire in a building located in the 9800 block of Furnace Road in the Lorton section of Fairfax County. Units from Fire Station 19, Lorton, were first on scene and observed a significant amount of fire and smoke coming from the rear and roof of a four-story building. Due to the size of the building and the amount of fire, a second alarm was immediately requested. Firefighters worked to contain the fire and prevent further damage. Once the fire was contained units began an aggressive attack to extinguish the fire.
The building is the Covanta Fairfax Waste to Energy Facility. It was occupied at the time of the fire. All employees were able to safely exit the building. At this time, there are no reported civilian or firefighter injuries.
Fire investigators have determined that the fire originated on the tipping floor of the building and extended to the holding pit which was filled to capacity. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Units are currently operating on the scene. The fire is under control. However, it is deep-seated and will take multiple days to extinguish. Fire Chief Bowers and command staff are planning for multiple operational periods to safely and effectively deploy firefighters and resources to extinguish the fire.