Fire Station 26 Fire Caused by Electrical Event

On Sunday, May 14, at approximately 12:45 a.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and the City of Alexandria Fire Department were dispatched for a report of a fire at Fire Station 26, Edsall Road, located at 5316 Carolina Place in the Springfield section of Fairfax County.

Twelve firefighters were awoken by the fire alarm. Further investigation revealed the rescue squad vehicle was on fire in one of the station’s apparatus bays. The station Captain evacuated the station and notified 911. He then coordinated removal of the foam unit, fire engine, and medic unit. Crews began an exterior attack on the fire as the apparatus bay suffered a partial collapse. A second alarm was called bringing additional assistance from the Arlington County Fire Department. Approximately 60 firefighters responded to the scene. There were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries.

The fire was contained to the apparatus bay area and did not extend further into the fire station.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire originated in the left front cab of the rescue squad vehicle. The cause of the fire was accidental in nature as a result of an electrical event. The exact source could not be determined.