Building Fire Goes To Two Alarms

On Friday, February 17, at approximately 6:49 p.m., units responded for a report of a commercial building fire in the 5600 block of General Washington Drive in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County.

Firefighters from Fire Station 22, Springfield, arrived first on scene and observed smoke showing from the roof of a single-story, shopping center. A second alarm was quickly called for bringing additional crews from Fairfax County, the City of Alexandria Fire Department, and the Arlington County Fire Department.

Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the store of origin and eventually extinguish the fire. A total of approximately 60 firefighters responded to the fire.

A person driving by the shopping center noticed smoke coming from the roof and called 911. The building had smoke alarms that activated, however, it was unoccupied at the time of the fire.

Fire Investigators determined the fire was accidental and originated within an office in the rear of the building. The investigation determined the cause of the fire was electrical in nature.

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

Damages as a result of the fire were estimated at approximately $135,000.

Photos courtesy of Ms. Debi Gerald