On Friday, May 19, at approximately 1:03 a.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and Arlington County Fire Department were dispatched for a reported fire in a gas station in the 7400 block of Lee Highway in the West Falls Church section of Fairfax County.
Units arrived on scene and reported fire showing from the roof of a one story gas/automotive service station. Firefighters advanced fire hose to the roof and were able to quickly extinguish the fire.
The business was closed and unoccupied at the time of the fire. A passerby saw flames from the roof of the building and called 9-1-1. The building did not have smoke detectors or fire suppression systems installed.
The business will remain closed as a result of the fire. Red Cross services were not required. No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported.
Fire Investigators determined that the fire started in the soffit area of the roof. The fire was accidental in nature and caused by combustible materials (bird’s nest) to close to a heat source (fluorescent light fixture).
Damages as a result of the fire are estimated at approximately $60,000.